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Port Colborne Lions Club – Wainfleet Lions Club Food Drive in support of the Port Cares Reach Out Centre and Food Bank

Port Colborne, Ontario (October 16, 2019) – The Port Colborne Lions Club and Wainfleet Lions Club will once again be out in full force on Saturday November 2nd. Their wonderful team of volunteers will be collecting food and monetary donations from local Port Colborne and Wainfleet residents for their annual food drive in support of the Port Cares Reach Out Centre.

Residents of Port Colborne are asked to leave any canned or dry goods out on their porches by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2nd to be collected by the volunteers supporting the food drive. The main collection hub is located at 484 Barrick Road, Port Colborne.

Residents of Wainfleet Township are asked to either drop their non- perishable food donations off in-advance at the Meridian Credit Union located at 31885 Highway 3, Wainfleet, beginning Monday, October 28 through Friday,  November 1, or to come to Meridian Credit Union (Wainfleet Branch) on the day of the food drive Saturday, November 2  between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Interested volunteers please contact Lion Laura Slat; 289-407-0106.

“Our local community has struggled with the effects of poverty for more than 40 years. As difficult as the struggle has been, the compassion and the care of the community has been even greater. Right now there are nearly 400 local children who are supported by the Port Cares Reach Out Centre Food Bank. The Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Club food drive will ensure that low income children and families who struggle to get by will be assured of nutritious food through the cold winter months. Our Port Cares team appreciates the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and work side by side Lions and community members at the 2019 Lions Food Drive.” says Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director, Port Cares.

The food donations collected will provide the Port Cares Reach Out Centre with much needed resources for clients during the winter months, when the need for food is the greatest.


Canned fruit, canned fish, canned meat, canned pasta, side dishes, dry soup, peanut butter, pull-tab cans, diapers sizes 4 & 5, deodorant, shampoo and toothbrushes. Cash or cheques accepted (made payable to Port Cares).


  • In 2018, the Food Drive collected 30,502lbs and $7,025 in monetary donations.
  • In 2018, the Reach Out Centre food bank distributed 172,148 pounds of food to those in need.
  • Seven thousand, seven hundred and fifty three plates were served through our kitchen in 2018.

For more information on the Port Colborne and Wainfleet Lions Clubs Food Drive please contact:

  • Port Colborne Lions Club – Lion Laura Slat, 289-407-0106; Lion Jeremy Hamm, 905-327-9799
  • Wainfleet Lions Club – Lion John Taylor, 905-834-6032
  • Meridian Credit Union, Wainfleet Branch – Dan Bouchard, 905-899-3951

Alert ! Port Cares is not affiliated with any Home Energy Company

Please note that Port Cares is in no way affiliated with the Sunwave Home Comfort Group or Ontario Home Comfort or any other home energy company. Sales representatives from one of these  companies have been canvassing door to door in our community and have been using the Port Cares name fraudulently.
This company is offering home energy inspections, furnaces, windows  etc. under the pretence of being associated with our agency. We have registered a complaint against the company and should you have any encounter door to door with any company claiming to be associated with us please advise us at 90-834-3629.

Thank You!

What does poverty really look like?

Poverty has many faces and someone in your family, your neightbourhood, your commmunity could be affected. To learn more please watch this video and read the article published by the St. Catharines Standard on April 25th ,2014.


“There’s a woman who can’t read or write. Another who has a degree in nursing. And a guy with two college diplomas.

There’s a double transplant recipient. A cancer survivor. A guy born with cerebral palsy.

And a former psychiatric patient and alcoholic.

There’s a husband and wife with a 15-month-old son. A 2 1/2-year-old boy who breathes through a hole in his throat. And a six-year-old boy who collects stuffed animals and plans on living with his mother forever.

There’s a writer. A woman who works the night shift at a gas station. And a single mom who works four days a week in a factory.

People who might otherwise have nothing in common, all sharing one life event.


Together, they are the faces of poverty.”  St.Catharines Standard.



Port Cares News April 2014- Focus on Homelessness and Transportation

Port Cares is participating in a three year research project with Raising the Roof on:homelessness

“Although Canada is one of the richest countries in the world, child and family homelessness is a serious and growing issue. More than 37% of Canadian households are having difficulty maintaining housing and more and more families are relying on emergency shelters. Between 2005 and 2009, the estimated number of children using those shelters grew from 6,205 to 9,459.”  To learn more visit www.raising the 

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Transportation that is affordable and accessable is critical for everyone in our community, especially those who must rely on it for work and school. Let your voice be heard and complete the online survey  at until April 30. Paper copies are also available at Port Cares.

Regional Transit Survey Media Release

Regional Transit Survey Perspective  






Sportsfest in Port Colborne February 14th to 17th – Canalside to donate to Port Cares

Sportsfest is just a few days away and here are few great events at Canalside that you may wish to participate in. Canalside is generously donating the proceeds from these events to Port Cares. We thank them and you for your support.

Music Trivia-Name that  Tune   Friday Feb. 14th  8 pm  $10.00

Wine & Cheese Tasting   Saturday Feb. 15th    9 pm  $20.00

Soup Cook Off    Sunday  Feb.16th    Noon to  4 pm  $10.00

For more information contact Greg at 905-834-6090