Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank & Thrift Store


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"Whatever you did unto of of the least of these brothers of mine you did unto me" -Jesus-

161 Ailsa Craig Main Street ♦ P.O. Box 64 ♦ Ailsa Craig ON  N0M 1A0

Phone/Fax: 519·293·3637    E-mail: [email protected]

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Charitable Registration # 87137-5721 RR0001

Hours of Operation:           E-mailing List:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

*Closed on Saturday's of Statutory Holidays 

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These are our current food bank needs...

  • Juice (single size & family)
  • Soda Crackers
  • Mr. Noodles (Ramen Noodles)
  • Cheez Whiz
  • Ketchup & other condiments
  • canned green beans or yellow beans
  • canned pineapple and mixed fruit cocktail
  • Rice (900 g packages)
  • Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
  • instant pudding mixes
  • pudding cups
  • Coffee, Tea, whitener & sugar
  • Toilet Paper, kleenex, shampoo, tooth paste/brush/floss
  • Dish Soap
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Pet Food


We are grateful for those who are able to support our critical work. Please click here for more details of our work. For your convenience, you may choose to make a secure donation on line through or Paypal. This allows you to donate by credit card. Small comparable transaction fees are taken from donations by both services, but simply make giving easier for many today. To maximize your donation dollars, you may also choose to mail a cheque directly or visit us at the food bank to make a cash, cheque or debit card donation. Please click the link of your choice to make an online donation...


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  • October/November 2012 – Received notification that our home of 23 years was being placed on the market. ACAFB Board of Directors chose to look for a new home.
  • Cost to upgrade existing building for accessibility, etc., was prohibitive.
  • November 2012 – consider available properties
  • November 2012 – discuss requirements for a particular site with municipality… board subsequently signs offer of intent to purchase.
  • December 2012/January 2013 – share need with community groups and formed fundraising committee to investigate grants… anonymous donor offers funds for lot.
  • May 2013 - Engineering firm selected to design new facility
  • August 2013 – Municipality and Engineers inform Directors of need for minor variance for parking spaces and green space.
  • January 2014 – Final variance application completed and submitted
  • March-April 2014 – Discussions with Engineers, Municipality and County.
  • May 2014 – Formal presentation to County Council showing adjusted plans. . County approval to proceed was given.
  • June 2014 – Municipal approval of variance application achieved.
  • July-November 2014 – completing surveys and locates for site plan approval.
  • December 2014 – notification of requirement to complete mechanical design (HVAC) to submit with site plan application.
  • Jan- Feb 2015 - quotes from mechanical designing and kitchen designer.
  • April 2015 – submit final site plan application
  • May 2015 – planning committee review of our site plan application indicating issues to address including confirmation of building placement; fire connections; garbage storage; storm drainage; landscaping details; outside lighting details; signage re: business, handicapped parking and traffic flow; roof design clarification; fire protection measures; electrical and gas utility service details; water/sewer connections and parking space issues.
  • August 2015 – planning committee review update indicating fire connections were determined no longer necessary

– food bank required to arrange fire hydrant flow testing as part of fire protection measures

  • October 2015 – Advised by municipality to review hydrant flow results as part of fire protection measures required
  • November 2015 – municipality hosted meeting with Hydro One, food bank, municipal and county officials to discuss concerns with electrical service hook up.

– Food bank contracted engineer to determine electrical needs in preparation for the meeting in November, submitted completed forms to Hydro One in March 2016 and received an estimate from Hydro One in April 2016

  • December 2015 – Submitted 2nd site plan application
  • February 2016 – Municipal review in consultation with county of 2nd application indicating further landscaping clarification; width and placement of handicapped parking
  • March/April 2016 – All issues were resolved/clarified except for parking lot. Discussions with municipality and county regarding this issue resulted in a need to further reduce the size of the proposed receiving warehouse.

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