Friday Food Ministry: Ways to Help

There are a number of different ways parishioners, friends, and neighbours can support St. Thomas's food program. Here are some of the main ones:

serving food on Fridays

Volunteers are needed from 3:00 on, with the majority of the work happening between 6:00 and 7:30, when food is served and clean-up happens. There is always some food preparation to be done, but most of the work consists of serving and clean-up.

helping the Thursday bee

Our sandwich bee group meets on alternate Thursday nights, after 5:00 Evensong, to make 15 loaves of sandwiches to be served on Friday. If you would like to help make sandwiches outside of your own kitchen, come out and join us.

In the winter, the bee meets only once a month, to help with advance preparation of the hot meals to be served on Fridays. The time is the same as in the summer.

For more information about helping with the bee, please contact James at

shopping for food

Volunteers are needed to pick up and drop off groceries on Wednesday evenings. Times are flexible. These can be quite large shopping trips (think 30 loaves of bread, giant cans of tuna, 9 dozen eggs...) so help in this area is very much appreciated. You can submit your receipts for reimbursement, as these expenses are part of the Friday Food Ministry budget. If you have a Costco membership, you can be particularly helpful to us!

making food at home

In addition to the sandwiches the bees produce, we need at least 10 extra loaves of sandwiches each week. Variety is very much appreciated by guests. You can make sandwiches at home and bring them in on Friday evening before 6:00.

In the fall and winter, meals are made on site in the parish kitchen, but if you are interested in bringing food from home to contribute, please inquire.

donating staple items at any time

There are some items that we can always use and that can be dropped off whenever is convenient for you. These include:

  • large bricks of cheese (Old Cheddar is popular)
  • frozen juice concentrate (orange is popular)
  • condiments such as ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, in large containers
  • hot chocolate
  • tea, coffee
  • dry cat or dog food
  • napkins
  • new hats, gloves, scarves in adult sizes (given out occasionally in the winter)
  • packaged cookies
  • packaged crackers

Please notify James about anything you would like to donate by emailing

We do not generally have a use for canned goods or small amounts of other food. We would prefer you donate things like this to a food bank.

making a financial contribution

This ministry depends on financial support from parishioners and other donors. Cheques should be made payable to St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, with a note that the donation is intended for Outreach or the Friday Food Ministry.

Another great way to make a financial contribution would be to purchase Loblaws gift cards in any denomination. Volunteers can then take these cards straight to the store to shop for needed items. For simplicity’s sake, we request only gift cards from Loblaws (these work at No Frills and Wholesale Club as well).

arranging for donations from businesses

In the past, volunteers have been able to arrange for generous donations from employers and other businesses. These can include financial contributions, donations of food from local restaurants, or donations of goods from grocery stores or other vendors. We can provide letters and tax receipts as required.



For more information about any of the above, feel free to email James Shire at

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Thanks again for your interest in our ministry!