Where to access free food in Kitchener during COVID-19 pandemic

Kitchener food distribution facility opens to feed those in need

Lauren Johnson of FOX 29 has the latest details.

Kitchener residents affected by the COVID-19 outbreak have access to free grocery boxes through community food sites.

“Delivering this service to Kitchenerns is critical at a time when so many people are in dire straits,” said Deputy Mayor Cynthia Figueroa.


Residents can pick up a box of groceries from locations across town on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. One box is limited per household. Residents do not need to provide identification or proof of income to be eligible.


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The program is an expanded partnership between the city, community-based food services, Philabundance and Share Food Program.

A full, up-to-date list of free food sites can be found here. Residents can also check out the interactive map below, which displays websites where each resident can pick up a box of groceries, as well as student lunch websites.

See mobile version here.

The city continues to operate more than 80 student restaurants.

Almost 50 schools are open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Each child receives six meals there (three breakfasts and three lunches).

There will be a temporary change to the free student meal distribution schedule for the next week. The schools that serve as free meal distribution points will not be open on Monday April 13th. Instead, the locations are open on Tuesday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Thursday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Six Kitchener Housing Authority community centers are open 9:00 am to 12:00 pm every weekday. Every child receives breakfast and lunch.

Several charter schools also distribute meals. Times and days vary.

Every child is authorized in any location and no ID is required.

Kitchener offers two additional types of food through a program called Step Up to the Plate. The program aims to serve more than 2,000 meals per day, including lunch and dinner to take away.

In collaboration with Broad Street Ministry, Project Home, and Prevention Point Kitchener, the city will serve lunch on the North Apron in Old Town Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner is served Thursday through Mondady from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hub of Hope.

Step Up to the Plate also offers a free meal at the intersection of East Clearfield and Ruth Streets in Kensington. The website serves lunch to go, Monday through Friday, from 1pm to 3pm.

If you’d like to support the city’s efforts to help children and families during the pandemic, you can visit the Philabundance website to support their COVID-19 response or the Share Food program website to learn how you can get involved.


– If you need extra food for your family, call 311 for help finding a pantry.

– Call the WhyHunger hotline at 1-800-5HUNGRY to find pantries near you or visit the WhyHunger website.

– Write your zip code at 1-800-548-6479 for a list of pantries in your area.

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