WELCOME! The Moose Jaw & District Food Bank serves over 850 people from our community every single month. Our patrons are our neighbours, and we are committed to serving each and every one with kindness, respect, and dignity regardless of the circumstances that have brought them through our doors. If you need food support:
1. Contact Us
You can call us anytime at 306-692-2911 between 9am and 2pm during the week to set up a convenient time to come in and collect your emergency food hamper. Drop-ins are welcome, however by making an appointment ahead of time we are better able to serve you and others by minimizing the waiting times for everyone.
If this is your first visit to our food bank, please inform us when you arrive that you are here to sign up for a food hamper. You will require:
one piece of valid government-issued ID (i.e. a driver’s license, photo ID, or a Saskatchewan Health Care card) for each person that lives in your household (including children);
a recent piece of mail that has the date, name, and address of one adult living in the house;
and also be prepared to provide some personal information about monthly income sources and expenses, including rent/mortgage, utilities, vehicle, childcare, and other basic household expenses.
There is a short application form that will need to be filled out, which we can help you with as required. We understand that some questions may be difficult to answer, and so we aim to provide you with a confidential and respectful experience. If you would like a copy of our food hamper application to fill out ahead of time, you can download it here: [PDF]
3. Receive Your Hamper
Once your membership profile has been set-up in our database system, you will receive a box containing approximately 7 days worth of food for you and your family. We try to include perishable and non-perishable food items. However, this of course varies from day-to-day depending on our donations and current inventory.
In the front lobby, we often have additional items such as bread, condiments, and other extras that you are welcome to take at any time if they are available. Please only take what you need. Further, if there is anything in your food hamper that you do not think you will use, please consider leaving it behind so that we can put it back on our shelves for someone else.
Hampers can be picked up Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am and 1pm. There is no hamper pick-up on Wednesdays. Owing to our current capacity to serve the community, our customers are able to receive a maximum of 7 hampers in a 12 month period. We also have a surplus table out in the lobby that is available to anyone as often as needed on hamper-pick-up days.
Frequently Asked Questions
FOOD BANK LOCATION
305 Fairford Street West, Moose Jaw, SK
HAMPER PICK-UP TIMES
10am-1pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday [there is no hamper pick-up on Wednesday]
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Each time you visit the Food Bank, you will require government-issued identification and a piece of recent mail to confirm your current address. You may also need to provide some information such as your monthly income, employment status, and household expenses so that we may keep your file up-to-date.
WHO CAN GET HELP?
Anybody who needs it.
HOW OFTEN CAN I GET HELP?
Currently we can offer emergency food hampers once every 30 days, up to a maximum of 7 times per year.
WHAT IS IN A TYPICAL HAMPER?
We do our very best to provide a variety of healthy and nutritious meal options in each hamper, and at times may be able to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences on a case-by-case basis. However, ultimately the variety and amount of food in each hamper will vary from day-to-day depending upon what we have received as donations.
CAN YOU DELIVER MY HAMPER?
Unfortunately, we cannot deliver food hampers at this time and so they must be picked up in person.
HOW DO I CARRY ALL THIS FOOD?
Depending on your mode of transportation, you may find that transferring your food hamper into reusable cloth bags, a duffle bag, or a backpack will make it easier to carry your food. Although we encourage the use of reusable bags, we usually have recycled plastic bags or cardboard boxes available as well to pack up your food for more convenient transport.