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HamOnt CareMongering on Pause to Restructure

Updated: Aug 28






On the future of CareMongering:


We came together at the start of the pandemic to try and figure out how to get food to people who couldn't leave their homes or who struggle with food insecurity because of our inadequate welfare systems. Most of us who started CareMongering are young people who were also feeling the pressures of the pandemic. From March to June, multiple of us spent countless full time hours trying to figure out the best way to keep people safe and make sure they were fed.


When we started, we realized that the Facebook group with 7,000 people in it offering to help each other out could increase transmission rates, and decided to develop a grocery delivery system. In a few weeks, with support of community and countless volunteers, as well as feedback from the community on the best ways to structure (from sanitation process, to what to include in kits, to financial recording systems and where to physically move), we were able to support 100 families a week with food & sanitation supplies.


When the need to combat police violence picked up in June, many of the core organizers struggled with being present for both CareMongering work and that work at the same time. We didn’t stop to think about sustainability, capacity, and also what happens when volunteers begin returning back to work. This left a lot of pressure 1 core Admin volunteer, and later-- through DJNO funds-- 2 staff to run a system that once had a lot more internal support. Lastly, multiple organizations in Hamilton began a food delivery system in June, causing the number of requests we were receiving to decline.


We’ve decided to pause CareMongering efforts for a few weeks so that we can restructure it, so that it can be sustainable and meet the evolving needs of the community, so that it can support community involvement and limit burn out.


Thank you to New Vision United Church for allowing us to use your space and to the many volunteers and community members who have supported us this far.


If you're interested in supporting the restructuring of this work, sign up here


Please see below for a list of resources you can use to access food:


Blue Door Food Pantry @Hamilton Dream Center

Phone: 905-527-8605

Website: www.hamiltondreamcenter.ca


East Hamilton Food Centre @Mission Services of Hamilton

Phone: 905-574-6201

Email: ehfc@mission-services.com

Website: www.mission-services.com


Emergency food and clothing bank @Good Shepherd Centres

Phone: 905-972-9485 press option 1

Email: info@gsch.ca

Website: www.goodshepherdcentres.ca/food-bank-clothing-room


Emergency Food Pantry @Eva Rothwell Centre

Phone: 905-526-1558 x419

Website: www.evarothwell.ca


Emergency Food Program @Parkview Church

Phone: 905-574-6917

Website: www.parkviewchurchhamilton.ca/food/


Emergency Outreach Program @Native Women's Centre

Phone: 905-664-1114

Email: eow1@nativewomenscentre.com

Website: www.nativewomenscentre.com


Flamborough Food Bank

Phone: 905-690-1036

Email: flamborough1@hotmail.com

Website: carlisleuc.ca/flamborough-food-bank


Food Bank @All Nations Full Gospel Church

Phone: 416-667-9333

Email: info.hamilton@anfgc.org

Website: www.anfgc.org/


Food Bank @Ancaster Community Services

Phone: 905-648-6675

Email: AncasterCommunityServices@gmail.com

Website: www.ancastercommunityservices.ca/programs-and-services/food-bank/


Food Bank @Hamilton Jewish Family Services

Phone: 905-627-9922

Email: alexis.jss@gmail.com

Website: www.hamiltonjss.com/


Food Bank @Restoration House Hamilton

Phone: 905-527-1622

Email: office@restorationhouse.ca

Website: www.restorationhouse.ca


Food Bank @Salvation Army

Phone: 905-627-0572

Website: www.salvationarmy.ca


Food Bank @Welcome Inn Community Centre

Phone: 905-525-5824

Email: info@welcomeinn.ca

Website: welcomeinn.ca/food-bank/


Food Bank and Emergency Services @Neighbour to Neighbour Centre

Phone: 905-574-1334

Email: warehouse@n2ncentre.com

Website: www.n2ncentre.com/community-food-programs/food-bank/


Food Pantry @King's Way Outreach Centre (The)

Phone: 905-296-9473

Email: a.laffrenier@alifeatatime.com

Website: alifeatatime.com


Food With Grace @Grace Anglican Church Waterdown

Phone: 905-689-6715 x80

Email: foodwgrace@graceanglicanwaterdown.org

Website: www.graceanglicanwaterdown.org/food-with-grace


Giving Cupboard @Crown Point Community Church

Phone: 905-545-2002

Email: churchoffice@crownpointcommunity.ca

Website: www.crownpointcommunity.ca


Glanbrook Community Food Bank @Christ Church Woodburn

Phone: 905-692-3781

Email: woodburnanglican@rogers.com

Website: niagaraanglican.ca/parish/christ-church-woodburn/ministry-team


Good Food Centre @Mission Services of Hamilton

Phone: 905-528-4212

Email: communityservices@mission-services.com

Website: www.mission-services.com


Hamilton East Campus Food Bank @Seventh Day Adventist Church, East Hamilton

Phone: 905-545-6180

Email: acs4hamiltoneast@cogeco.net

Website: www.hamiltoneastsda.org/


Infant Formula and Diaper Bank @Essential Aid and Family Services

Phone: 289-799-9514

Email: info@essentialaid.ca

Website: www.essentialaid.ca


Niwasa Food Bank @Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg

Phone: 905-549-4884

Email: office@niwasa.ca

Website: niwasa.ca/food-bank/


Resource Centre & Food Bank @ICNA Relief Canada

Phone: 289-780-8901

Email: hamiltonfb@icnareliefcanada.ca

Website: www.icnareliefcanada.ca


Stacey's Place Youth Food Bank and Rock Shop @Living Rock Ministries

Phone: 905-528-7625 x259

Email: mail@livingrock.ca

Website: www.livingrock.ca



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