The Great Holiday Food Drive

The cost of putting food on the table has increased. Seasonal jobs are over and as a result, Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold is experiencing an increased need for their services. 

Families in need can’t get through the holidays without your support and we need your help to make the 14th Annual Great Holiday Food Drive a success! On Friday December 14th from 5:30am to 6pm, we’re trying to  STUFF A BUS with non-perishable items and cash donations to assist the people in our community who need a little help around the holidays.

THIS YEAR - WE’RE PARKING THE BUS AT: Market Square in Downtown St. Catharines PLUS we'll be collecting at Zehrs Markets at the Pen Centre. 

If you can’t make it out but still want to make a donation, you can text GIVE to 20222 to make a $10 or $25 donation directly to Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold - the need goes on… Monetary donations are income tax receipt eligible and allows Community Care to stretch dollars 5 - 1.


Most Needed Holiday Items

            o Canned meats, stews, chili
            o Canned fruit/vegetables
            o Noodles with Sauce & Canned Pasta (Sidekicks, Beefaroni, Alphagetti, etc.)
            o Large containers of juice
            o Juice boxes
            o NEW SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR - all ages
            o New clothing
                    - winter boots
                    - mens winter jackets
                    - construction boots
                    - waterproof winter gloves 
            o Toiletries (no razors or mouthwash) 






Each day in the 14 days leading up to the Great Holiday Food Drive, we'll feature a new community partner and shine a spotlight on the work their doing to contribute to this year's Great Holiday Food Drive.  Stay tuned to NewsTalk 610 CKTB for details! 

  • Day 13 - Niagara IceDogs

    On December 15th, the Niagara IceDogs host a night with Community Care, where their Jr. Ambassadors will drop the puck with Betty-Lou Souter. Non-perishable food items will be accepted and the Ugly Christmas Jersey will be raffled off with proceeds going to Community Care.

  • Day 12 - Jr. Ambassadors

    Community Care's Jr. Ambassadors are leading by example every day. Kids, ages 8 and up, run events, provide donations and lead their friends and schools (and parents!) throughout the year in a multitude of ways to help.

  • Day 11 - Civic Christmas Carol Concert

    Hosted by the city of St. Catharines at St. Thomas Church, our community will be gathering this morning for singing and uplifting music with guest speaker NRP Chief Bryan MacCulloch.

  • Day 10 - Ridley College

    In the month of December both Upper and Lower Schools are a variety of drives for participating in a variety of drives for Community Care.

  • Day 9 - Downtown Association

    Tonight, Movie in the Market will take place starting at 5pm.  Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy a Charlie Brown Christmas and Elf with donations for Community Care. Concessions are available.

  • Day 8 - Port Dalhousie Beautification and Works Committee

    Each year the Port Dalhousie Beautification and Works Committee holds a lantern walk with donations going to Community Care. The walk starts at 6pm tonight at the new pavilion at Lakeside Park.

  • Day 7 - Niagara College

    At the GHFD, Niagara will be putting on a delicious lunch by donation - Butternut squash soup, turkey dinner on a bun, a vegetarian option and mulled apple cider.

  • Day 6 - Brock University

    Among many other activities, Sodexo at Brock sold Smile Cookies for Community Care this year and raised $1240.00. Tonight is their Project Brew taking place at market Square. The graduating Brew Master Students will be hosting a Beer Festival 530p-930p.

  • Day 5 - Laura Secord Secondary School

    During the month of December, Laura Secord Secondary School will collect winter clothing, food and monetary donations for Community Care

  • Day 4 - Meridian Credit Union

    Donate $2 at any Meridian Credit Union location and put your name on our Shining Star! Also, if you open a bank account, $100 will be donated to Community Care!

  • Day 3 - The Upper Deck Taphouse & Grill

    Performance on Point will be performing your Christmas cabaret on Monday Dec 3rd at 7pm

    Toy Drive on now until Dec21st . Donate a new toy accompanied by a receipt and receive a GC for the upper deck tap house for the value of the toy maximum $10.

  • Day 2 - Mountainview Homes

    Every year Mountainview Homes reaches out to their staff to donate to the cause, and THEN Moutainview MATCHES their donations. Last year they raised $5800.

  • Day 1 - Roberto's Pizza Passion

    From Dec 1 -14, if you donate $5, your name will be submitted into a draw for a special photograph and pizza.