If you’re experiencing food insecurity and need food quickly, below we’ve featured 7 top food banks in New Brunswick, Canada.
Started in the 1980s as a small, independent food bank in Moncton, the Second Mile Food Bank has evolved into an important pillar of the Dieppe and South Moncton communities, providing its residents with food and respite in times of struggle. Eligible clients can visit the food bank once a month to receive enough food to provide 15 meals per person per household.
As an independent, Christian food charity, Second Mile Food Bank survives by donations alone. You can help by donating funds or food, following the instructions found here. Contact them to find out how to volunteer or for any other questions.
Greener Village in Fredericton began in 1983 as the Fredericton Food Bank, setting the stage as the first food bank in the Fredericton area. Now in a larger building with greater capacity, Greener Village provides a learning kitchen, a community garden, and a clothes closet, as well as continuing with their food distribution service.
Greener Village relies on donations and volunteers to continue to run and expand their food bank and community services. You can help by donating funds to the food bank via their online payment system or by donating food; you can find a list of their urgently need food items here. You can find out how to be a volunteer by reading the guidelines on this page. For all other questions or information, use their online contact form.
In 1986, the Sussex Sharing Club was opened to help address the rising need for food in the Sussex area. Eligible residents of the Sussex area can visit the food bank at the Sussex Sharing Club once a month to receive between 10-14 days of nutritious and wholesome food. They also offer emergency food provisions for those in dire need.
You can support the Sussex Sharing Club in a variety of ways: donate money online, donate food to the food bank, donate or shop at their thrift store, sponsor a registered family for Christmas, or volunteer to help out at the food bank or the thrift store. For all other questions, feel free to contact them any time.
The Saint John Community Food Basket was the first of its kind to open in the Saint John area in 1984. Rather than a food bag distribution service, the Saint John Community Food Basket offers clients the opportunity to choose their own foods from shelves stocked with meats, breads, canned foods, as well as available fresh produce and dairy.
There are a variety of ways you can help to support the Saint John Community Food Basket. If you’d like to be a volunteer, you can find an application as well as a list of duties you might perform on this page. If you’d prefer to donate food items or money, you can find out how by visiting this page. For any other questions, you can contact them using the information found here.
In Riverside-Albert, the Shepody Food Bank helps those suffering from food insecurity stretch their grocery dollars each month. Each Wednesday afternoon, visitors with a Medicare Card can visit the food bank once a month to receive between 4-7 days’ worth of food.
The Shepody Food Bank relies on the generosity of the community through donations and volunteering. You can drop off donations of food or funds during their open hours. If you want to become a volunteer or need more information about the food bank, contact them by email.
The Port Elgin District Voluntary Action Council in Port Elgin began in 1988 to address the rising number of families and individuals living below the poverty line. They provide a range of services and programs to help the community find respite and feel connected: school lunch programs, Christmas box program, at-risk youth programs, courses, welfare assistance, a community boutique, and a food bank. Eligible visitors can visit the food bank twice a month to receive up to three days’ worth of basic food.
To find out how you can help the PEDVAC Foundation, visit this page and follow the instructions for donating or volunteering. Contact the PEDVAC Foundation for more specific information on volunteering or what foods and items they need donated most.
The Vestiaire St-Joseph Inc in Shediac provides food to any eligible person living in the 18 regions of Southeast New Brunswick and Kent County. Clients can visit the food bank once a month to receive a food bag full of pantry staples and fresh produce, some of which has been grown in the greenhouse on site.
You can find out how to become a volunteer here or how to donate money to the Vestiaire St-Joseph here. Check out this page for a list of their most needed food and in-kind items, including how to donate. To contact them, complete the online form at the bottom of their home page.