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Help support people in our community who are
experiencing food insecurity.

Where your donations go

At Chalmers, our goal is to provide nutritious food and other necessities to our neighbours in need. We welcome everyone who comes through our door, and we serve each guest with respect and dignity. Our programs would not be possible without donations, both big and small, which come from generous folks like you. In 2022, we gratefully received donations of 40,991 pounds of food from individuals, organizations, businesses, CSA farms, church gardens, and condo buildings even though the pandemic prevented us from collecting donations for a period of time. Financial donations and grants help us cover our operating expenses, including the $120,859 we spend on food in 2022 and the ongoing costs of running our programs and keeping our facilities safe, clean, and well-stocked for our guests. Chalmers is almost entirely funded by the community right here in Guelph.
We truly could not do what we do without your support!

Monetary donations help more people

Monetary donations help us help more people in our community the fastest.

In Kind Donations

    - Cans of “no salt added” tomatoes
      - Low sodium pasta sauce
        - Cans of kidney beans, black beans and chickpeas
          - Cans of beans in sauce
            - Canned vegetables: corn, mixed vegetables, peas, green beans
              - Rice
                - Pasta, elbow and spaghetti preferred
                  - High fibre breakfast cereal
                    - Rolled oats and plain instant oatmeal
                      - Powdered milk
                        - Canned meat: chicken, tuna
                          - Tea
                            - Diapers
                              - Baby formula
                                - Shampoo and conditioner
                                  - Feminine hygiene products

Chalmers will offer products after their Best Before Date, but not after their expiry date.

Best Before Dates refer to when a product is at its best; this food may be consumed after the date printed on the package.

Unsure if we accept your donated item? Call us @ 519-822-8778.


Another alternative is to donate your old car through Donate a Car Canada. Donate a Car Canada will pick up your old car and either sell it for scrap or auction it off and direct the proceeds to the Chalmers. You will get a tax receipt for the full amount.

Chalmers is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Guelph Community Foundation.