Holiday Giving Guide – Guelph-Wellington Edition

Doug MacMillan • 19 December 2021

This #CircularSeason is one for giving – giving back to our communities and paying it forward to those in need. While we can’t end food insecurity in 2021, we can do our best to support those in our community who are experiencing or are vulnerable to food insecurity.  

Use this holiday giving guide to support an individual or family near you this holiday. Here are some ways to get involved – you can use the links provided for more information:


The Adopt-A-Family Program matches donors with families in need in order to make the holidays shine a little brighter. Families are referred by social service agencies who have identified they are in need. While Adopt-A-Family was originally a Christmas holiday program, it is open to families of all backgrounds and traditions to meet their needs and wishes.

We are no longer registering donors to be matched and shop for families, but there are still ways you can help as we prepare for emergency family referrals received right up to the holiday break, as well as year-round.

With the thousands of volunteer man-hours given in support of the operations of the Guelph Food Bank, food reaches those who need it. Some volunteers donate their time on a regular basis, others are on call and ready to appear at food drives or special events, and still others drop in when they have a spare hour or two to help. Volunteers over the age of 10 are welcome, including seniors.

“We value all our volunteers for who they are and for their willingness to help tackle any task. We have jobs for all ages and capabilities. We simply could not operate with our staff of three without the care and dedication of our volunteers.

“Our Mission is to provide packages of healthy food for elementary school students from severely food insecure homes, during weekend periods.”

HOPE House is a community funded organization, with no ongoing government support. HOPE House uses the power of community to overcome poverty by delivering front-line services and support that allow all Guelph residents living in poverty to maintain their dignity and choice.

In an effort to combat hunger and poverty on campus and in the greater Guelph community, the Guelph Student Food Bank provides graduate and undergraduate University of Guelph students access to emergency food, anti-poverty resources, and referrals to other food security, anti-poverty and financial assistance groups. This service is always confidential.

“Our movement is powered by hundreds of amazing volunteers! Every day you can find us in the kitchen, in the warehouse, driving deliveries, on the phone with our customers, and helping to grow food for our programs. Your donation will support the purchase of food or other supplies for Groceries from The SEED.”

Our Food Future is a proud supporter of the Harvest Impact, working with others to fund The SEED to provide food to people in our Community.

Support a more sustainable, local food system by purchasing Canada’s first fully circular Upcycled Ramen Noodle Meal Kit! This meal kit is made from local Ontario made sustainable food that otherwise would have gone to waste, but don’t worry – this fresh, all-natural meal kit is packed with delicious and nutritious ingredients.

On behalf of all charities and organizations doing their best to support those at risk for or currently experiencing food insecurity, we’d like to thank you for your generosity. Together we can make this season a circular one.

Did you know that 13.2% of people in Guelph suffer from food insecurity? That’s where the North End Harvest Market comes in. The NEHM has been running since July 2014 through donations, personal gifts, and some small community grants. The Market is a FREE fresh produce market for those struggling to put food on their plates, but it’s more than just food distribution. It is a place for advocacy, friendship, support, and connections to community resources. It has become a place for people to feel safe, to laugh and enjoy each others company in a non-judgmental, supporting, and diverse environment.

Harve$t Impact, a project of 10C, is a new community finance intermediary. We support the goals of Our Food Future in Guelph-Wellington by activating community donations, philanthropy, and social finance investments. We envision a connected ecosystem of changemakers and those investing in change.

Please give generously today. Donations through Harvest Impact will be matched one-to-one the first $90,000 in individual cash donations raised. This means that your $50.00 donation becomes $100.00 and will help The Seed help more people - even faster.