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.
58% of all food produced in Canada is wasted, 32% of which could be rescued
According to Second Harvest's research on "The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste"
Packaging room $45,000
Through our partnership with farmers, food producers, grocery stores and other people in our community, we receive large donations of perishable food that need to be sorted and packaged into smaller, usable packages that can be given to people in need and used by meal programs to feed hungry people.
Walk in Cooler $20,000
We will install a 20'x10' cooler to store fresh produce and meat, prolonging its usefulness and reducing waste.
Walk in freezer $25,000
We will build a 20'x10' walk in freezer to ensure more fresh produce is rescued and to freeze family sized portions for distribution.
Well and Septic System $28,000
We need to provide fresh water and drainage for safe food handling at our large 13 acre property which has a 12,000 square foot warehouse with commercial loading docks.
124,600 lbs of fresh produce and meat
were sorted, repackaged and distributed from our facilities to people in need from April to June 2020
Currently, we distribute food to 25 food banks and meal programs in Niagara.
We want to expand that and create more partnerships with the more than 80 food programs in our community.
67,183 people in Niagara do not have enough healthy food because of insufficient funds
Here's what some of our partner programs have to say...
The RAFT Youth Hostel and Drop in Resource Centre, St. Catharines
"The chicken that has been provided by Open Arms Mission has been an instrumental part of the [COVID 19] care packages which have brought many smiles and messages of thanks:
That helped a lot! We appreciate it so much.
You know you're literally a life saver, right?"
Southminster United Church Lunch program, Niagara Falls
"The chicken from Open Arms Mission allows us to serve a good protein source and direct our own funds to more fresh fruit and veggies. As well, being able to have chicken on the menu allows lunch to be the main meal of the day for some of the people who drop in.
Port Colborne Out of the Cold
"With the chicken donation from Open Arms Mission, we are able to continue this outreach ministry. You're helping us provide a nutritious takeout meal for approximately 50 guests in the Port Colborne community. It is truly appreciated."
-St. James and St. Brendan Anglican Church