Category Archives: Current Programs at Port Cares

Current Port Cares Programs and Activities

Our Food Bank is here for you!

Did you know that our Food Bank  is open to all residents of our community in demonstrated need? We have served over 494 individuals on average every month so far this year and we gave out an average of 14,800 pounds of food per month!  We are here to help you with food, clothing, counselling, access to other services and much more!

Our Food Bank is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.   Visit us at 61 Nickel Street in Port Colborne to learn more or call us at 905-835-1914.


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Did you know that we offer a free school lunch kit program?

Port Cares offers a free Lunch Kit program to children in our community through our
Food Bank. We distributed an average of 200 kits per month for the current 2015/2016 school year! That equates to 1000 lunches. Both elementary and high school students can access this program. So, if you are a parent and need help to make sure your child has enough food for school lunches please contact us at 905-835-1914 or visit us at 61 Nickel Street. Eligible Parents can receive 1 kit per week per child.

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This program is only made possible by donations from community members like you. Special thanks go to the Branscombe Family Foundation, Ontario Association of Food Banks, Wayne Elliott of RAW Materials Inc. and the BIC Church Port Colborne.

If you are able to donate please drop off donations to 61 Nickel Street. Thank You!
Together with your support NO child in our community should be going to school hungry and we thank you for your generosity.

60 Kids are “Back to School” with brand new supplies thanks to outpouring of community support

It was raining back packs and school supplies at Port Cares over the last few weeks in preparation for our annual  Back to School  Campaign, thanks to generous donations from many individuals, community groups and businesses. 100 back packs were stuffed with supplies and delivered to the Reach Out Centre for distribution this week. So far 60 kids have received the back packs and supplies. Parents are encouraged to visit our 61 Nickel Street site or to contact program organizer Shelby Hemingway at 905-834-3629 ext. 264 if they still need assistance.


The youngest donor was a 4 year old boy, James Sutton who wanted  to help other kids start off school right with new lunch kits, crayons and supplies. Thanks to him and these generous donors many children and teens in our community will be starting off the school year with a smile on their faces.

Nicki Lumsden & Kate Ostryhon-Lumsden, RE/MAX Welland $380

Staples Welland – $300

Ontario Disability – 10 backpacks & supplies

Port Colborne Brethren in Christ Church – 20 back packs and supplies

Segway Clinic (Port Colborne) – 15 back packs and supplies

Tzu Chi Foundation – 15 back packs & supplies

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10 teens and young adults receive much needed support…………..

Thank you to everyone who has donated clothing and personal items for our emergency kits for homeless youth. So far 10 young adults and teens have been given the emergency kits by Port Cares in addition to vital counseling and support by our caring and knowledgeable staff.

To learn more please read the attached article and to find out how you can help  contact Karin at 905-834-3629 ext.245. Donations of grocery cards, clothing and personal items such as soap and shampoo are always appreciated.…/kits-aid-homeless-niagara-yo…

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Back to School Program-We can help!

Back to School News.  If you are a parent who needs supplies for your child for back to school we can help. Come visit us at the Reach Out Centre at 61 Nickel Street on August 26th from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm or on August 27th from 9 am to noon for free back to school supplies. 

If you have any questions regarding this program or are able to donate contact Shelby at 905-834-3629 ext. 264.


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Homelessness amongst youth is real, right here

Help us provide homeless youth in our community with some basic necessities.Often young people are the invisible homeless…… sleeping outdoors or on the sofas of friends and strangers.If you can help us please donate the following items and contact Karin at 905-834-3629 for  more information. Thank you.

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Free After School Program at Port Cares

Port Cares is offering a Child & Youth Drop-in program starting again on September 15th 2014. This no-cost after school program is called “Choose your own Adventure” and offers fun activities, help with homework, snacks, trips and more. We also provide celebrations throughout the school year for holidays such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas. 

The program will run on  Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at the Reach Out Food Centre and the Saturn Cres. Community Room. For more information and to register call Shelby at 905-835-1914 x.28

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