What to Donate

We run our Food Pantry program on a combination of donated and purchased food, and our Clothing and Household Goods area is run entirely on donated items. To donate in person, please contact us to arrange a time to drop off your donation. You are also welcome to support a specific program.


We are appreciative of monetary donations to our programs. Consider making an annual or monthly donation (through Canadahelps.org or PAR through the United Church of Canada), or donate in honour or in memory of a loved one. For information on how we use monetary donations, review our Financial Statements. To donate with cash or cheque in person, contact us to set up a time to come to Chalmers Downtown or Chalmers WEST. You can also donate online through CanadaHelps.org.

Food and Other Items

We are very grateful for donations of healthy food (fresh and non-perishable), used clothing and household items in good condition, diapers and personal hygiene items. We also welcome donations of coffee, juice, purchased snacks, paper cups and serviettes for our Morning Café program. Click here for a list of items that we regularly need, and check our Facebook page or Twitter feed for our urgent requests.

Guidelines regarding Best Before Dates and Expiry Dates

CCSC 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.
  • Expiry Dates appear most often on meal replacement products, supplements and human milk replacements (ie. baby formula). Products should not be consumed after their Expiry Date, as the product may no longer be providing them with the nutrients they need.

Christmas Gift Bags

For some of our guests, the gift bag they receive from us will be the only gift they receive for Christmas. We begin to accept donations for this program in October. We ask our supporters to put together one or more bags with the items found on this list and drop it off to CCSC. This program is an excellent way for businesses to participate in seasonal giving. Please include only new items in their original packaging in these bags.
Click here for a list of items to include in Christmas Bags.

Thank you to our sponsors:

United Way City of Guelph Guelph Community Foundation Donate a Car Guelph United Ministries Flow Office Wisdom United Church of Canada Foundation