"My grandma didn't want to ask for help. She was like, 'Getting help? Yikes!' But it blew my mind that it was available." Growing up one block over from the Mission Centre, on 6th Street, Sierra's family had struggles but she knew that help was very close by.
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Today we launch our Fresh Food Hub capital campaign!
In the beautiful Niagara Region, we have over 1800 farms and agricultural operations. We also have thousands of people who go hungry each day. We want to close that gap, by connecting farmers, food manufacturers, grocers and other donors with people in need in our community through the creation of a regional food hub.
We are building the infrastructure to sort, package, store and distribute healthy, fresh food to food banks and meal programs in Welland and throughout the Niagara Region.
Learn more about how you can be a part of it here: Fresh Food Hub 2020
When we were only open in the mornings, we would often get requests from people who needed food but because of work schedules, school schedules, medical conditions or social anxiety, found it difficult to make it into the food bank during our limited hours.
Thanks to a grant provided by Niagara Prosperity Initiative through the Niagara Region, we have been able to expand our hours to the afternoon, reduce barriers and provide more people with access to healthy food. There have been many people who have taken advantage of the afternoon hours already.
If you are in need of food, struggling to make ends meet, please come to the Mission Centre between 9:00am and 4:00pm Tuesday to Thursday or Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm. 22 Fifth Street, Welland.
We are grateful to Community Food Centres Canada and all of the donors to the Good Food Access Fund for their generous support. Because of you, we are able to make sure that hundreds of children, seniors and adults in Welland do not go hungry through this crisis. Their donation of $10,000 for emergency food and PPE for our staff and volunteers will continue to feed our community while we continue to feel the effects of the crisis and is keeping our staff, clients and volunteers safe.
Want to be part of serving our community through Open Arms Mission? We are hiring for a key full time position, Mission Centre Supervisor.
If you are not looking for full time employment, we also still need more volunteer drivers, once a week in the mornings.
For more information, please go to our "JOIN US" page.
Furniture warehouse is open for sales by appointment. Please check out some of our selection on Kijiji, Facebook marketplace and LetGo. If you are looking for a particular item or to book an appointment, please call us at 905-732-8260.
We have a large variety of items at very reasonable prices including a new "make an offer" section.
Store and donation drop off hours are Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. Our staff are unable to help unload dropped off donations at this time. For donation pick ups, please call 905-732-8260. We appreciate your donations.