"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." - Winston S. Churchill

Hunger is a persistent problem. The people that turn to food banks include families with children, new Canadians, employed people whose wages are insufficient to cover basic living essentials, individuals on social assistance, and Canadians living on a fixed income, including seniors and people with exceptionalities.

The Markham Food Bank Gracious accepts donations of food, cash and personal hygiene products. All contributions are tremendously appreciated and go directly to helping community members in need. 

How to Donate to the Markham Food Bank

Donation drop offs can be made at the Markham Food Bank during our operating/volunteer hours, or to any Markham Fire Hall and participating grocery stores throughout the city of Markham.  For schools, churches and organisations which hold food drives, please contact us to arrange for a pick-up.  

Operating Hours


Tuesday 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Thursday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Saturday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” - Maya Angelou

What Can I Donate?

Most Needed Food Items

  • Sardines
  • Hot cereal
  • Cold cereal 
  • Pasta sauce 
  • Crackers 
  • Baby food 
  • Baby Formula
  • Rice

Cash Donations

For every dollar you give, the Food Bank is able to provide additional means to hungry seniors, children, families and individuals in the community. All contributions are greatly appreciated! As a registered non-profit charity, the Markham Food Bank provides tax receipts for all monetary donations. Monetary donations to the Markham Food Bank can be made online at

Personal Hygiene Products

Along with food and cash donations, the Markham Food Bank also now accepts donations of personal hygiene products. This includes donations of soaps, toothpaste, shampoo, menstrual hygiene products and other necessary items.

Other Ways You Can Help


The Markham Food Bank is always looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in their community.

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More Ways to Get Involved

 Learn about the numerous initiatives outside the Food Bank's walls you can become involved with. 

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