Food Addiction

All health advocates agree that eating helps to build strong bones and muscles, as well as supply the body with vitamins and minerals. While a healthy diet is always recommended, certainly the odd treat or indulgence is widely accepted. Unfortunately, for some people, food causes an uncontrollable craving, most often for high fat, high sugar, and high salt foods. These cravings can manifest as an addiction – a compulsive consumption of these foods despite adverse consequences, including physical weight gain as well as mental health effects. Withdrawal symptoms can be experienced when removing these foods, and replacing them with foods low in sugar and fat. Food addiction can be scary and isolating, for both the addict, as well as their family, friends and loved ones. It can also have serious health and well-being consequences, effecting work, family, money, social relationships and school. We are here to help. If you aren’t sure if you or a loved one is suffering from a food addiction, let us help you find a professional who is trained to evaluate the whole picture. If you need help to control a food addiction, we have resources within your community that can help with a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Overeaters Anonymous - Oakville / Burlington Area Meetings

A 12-step program for compulsive overeaters or food addicts that is modelled on the Alcoholics Anonymous program

* offers closed meetings for those who have, or think they have, a problem with food

Overeaters Anonymous - Oakville / Burlington Area Meetings

A 12-step program for compulsive overeaters or food addicts that is modelled on the Alcoholics Anonymous program

* offers closed meetings for those who have, or think they have, a problem with food

Burlington Food Bank

Food bank provides:
* school snack hamper for eligible students
* volunteers stock and dispense help to anyone in need
* partners with St Christopher's Church to provide food assistance at Open Doors, for details see separate listing here

Compass Point Bible Church - Food Market

Food bank that provides non-perishable, frozen and fresh foods

Compassion Society of Halton - Emergency Food Cupboard

Food bank with staple items and fresh items including:
* bread and buns to take home (provided by Food For Life and Cobs Bread)
* daily fresh foods delivery of fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy etc.
* Pizza (provided by Little Caesars)

Collection boxes: see website for updated locations

Restoration House Hamilton - Food Bank

The food bank offers emergency food assistance to all persons living in poverty and with low incomes.

ROCK - Our Community Cares - Food Support Cupboard, Burlington - Warwick / Surrey Community Centre Site - Burlington - Warwick / Surrey Community Centre Site

A food cupboard available to all, run by a grassroots community centre that offers a wide variety of after school and evening programs for children/youth living in low-income families * affiliated with Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)

Salvation Army - Food Bank - Burlington - Mainway

Local food bank serving Burlington and the surrounding community

Eva Rothwell Centre - Emergency Food Pantry

Food Pantry is available to anyone in need. Donations are welcome.

General Topics and Information - Halton Region - How to Find - Food Banks, Emergency Food Cupboards & Vouchers, Community Meals - Burlington

This listing summarizes the day-by-day open hours for all food and meal programs in Burlington
* to go directly to the listings of the two main food banks see Burlington Food Bank (here) and Salvation Army (here).
* food banks usually have a wide selection and stock of items, food cupboards/pantries may have a smaller number and selection
* some may require proof of residency or income, see each listing for details
* all community meals are free, open to everyone and drop-in, unless otherwise specified


CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM, AS HOURS MAY CHANGE, OR BE SUBJECT TO VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES

Monday:
* 9 am-11:30 am Salvation Army Burlington, Food Bank, 5040 Mainway (near Appleby Line), 905-637-3893
* 9 am-11:45 am Burlington Food Bank, 1254 Plains Rd E, 905-637-2273
* 12 noon Out-4-Lunch for Seniors at St. Matthew on the Plains, 126 Plains Rd E, 905-632-1233
* 12 noon-3:30 pm Compassion Society (emergency food cupboard), 484 Plains Rd E (near King Rd), 905-592-3722
* 12 noon-1 pm Food for Life open outreach (fresh food) at Burlington East Presbyterian Church, 505 Walker's Line (near New St), call to confirm 905-637-5155
* 12 noon-8 pm Our Community Cares, Burloak Site, Food Support Cupboard, 356 Burloak Dr, 905-631-1218
* 1:30 pm-2:30 pm Food for Life open outreach (fresh food) at Brant Hills Presbyterian Church, 2138 Brant St. (between Hwy 407 and Dundas St/Hwy 5), call to confirm 905-335-2640
* Hours vary, call for information Our Community Cares, Warwick/Surrey Site, Food Support Cupboard, 702 Surrey Lane, 905-681-2777

Tuesday:
* 9 am-11:30 am Salvation Army Burlington, Food Bank, 5040 Mainway (near Appleby Line), 905-637-3893
* 9 am-11:45 am Burlington Food Bank, 1254 Plains Rd E, 905-637-2273
* 11:30 am-12:30 pm Food for Life open outreach (fresh food) at St Luke's Anglican Church, 1371 Elgin St (downtown Burlington), 905-634-1826
* 3rd Tuesday of the month (no lunch in Jul, Aug or Dec), 12 noon, East Burlington Seniors Lunch at Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, 905-637-2942
* 12 noon-8 pm Our Community Cares, Burloak Site, Food Support Cupboard, 356 Burloak Dr, 905-631-1218
* 4 pm-6:30 pm Open Doors Food Bank at St Christopher's Church, 662 Guelph Line, 905-634-1809
* Hours vary, call for information: Our Community Cares, Warwick/Surrey Site, Food Support Cupboard, 702 Surrey Lane, 905-681-2777
* 6 pm (all year except 2 weeks at Christmas and during Easter week) Open Doors Community Supper at St Christopher's Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line, 905-634-1809
* 6:45 pm Food for Life open outreach (fresh food) at Faith Christian Reformed Church, 2265 Mountainside Dr, call to confirm 905-336-5353

Wednesday:
* 9 am-11:30 am Salvation Army Burlington, Food Bank, 5040 Mainway (near Appleby Line), 905-637-3893
* 9 am-11:45 am Burlington Food Bank, 1254 Plains Rd E, 905-637-2273
* 9 am-12 noon Knox Presbyterian Church, 461 Elizabeth St, 905-333-3013
* 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of the month, 11:30 am St Luke's Anglican Church Community Lunch, Parish Hall 1382 Ontario St
* 12 noon Next Door Space Community Lunch at ForestView Church Without Walls, 650 Plains Rd E, 289-799-0154
* 12 noon-4:30 pm Compassion Society (emergency food cupboard), 484 Plains Rd E (near King Rd), 905-592-3722
* 12 noon-8 pm Our Community Cares, Burloak Site, Food Support Cupboard, 356 Burloak Dr, 905-631-1218
* Hours vary, call for information Our Community Cares, Warwick/Surrey Site, Food Support Cupboard, 702 Surrey Lane, 905-681-2777
* 2nd and 4th Wednesday of month (varies in December), 6 pm-8 pm North BurLINKton Dinner Night Out, at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, 1401 Guelph Line (between Mainway & Upper Middle Rd), 905-335-8172

Thursday:
* 9 am-11:30 am Salvation Army Burlington, Food Bank, 5040 Mainway (near Appleby Line), 905-637-3893
* 9 am-11:45 am Burlington Food Bank, 1254 Plains Rd E, 905-637-2273
* 12 noon (dates may change in Dec) Community Lunch, St Christopher's Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line, 905-634-1809
* 12:45 pm-2 pm Open Doors Food Bank at St Christopher's Church, 662 Guelph Line (between New St and Prospect St), 905-634-1809
* 12 noon-8 pm Our Community Cares, Burloak Site, Food Support Cupboard, 356 Burloak Dr, 905-631-1218
* Hours vary (call for information) Our Community Cares, Warwick/Surrey Site, Food Support Cupboard, 702 Surrey Lane, 905-681-2777
* 5 pm-6 pm, fresh perishable food, open to all, no application or proof of income required: Nourishing Neighbours Food Bank, St. Luke's Church Palermo, 3114 Dundas St W, Oakville ON L6M 4J3 (just west of Bronte Rd), 905-825-3364

Friday:
* 9 am-11:30 am Salvation Army Burlington, Food Bank, 5040 Mainway (near Appleby Line), 905-637-3893
* 9 am-11:45 am Burlington Food Bank, 1254 Plains Rd E, 905-637-2273
* 9 am-5 pm Our Community Cares, Burloak Site, Food Support Cupboard, 356 Burloak Dr, 905-631-1218
* 9:30 am-10:30 am Food for Life open outreach (fresh food) at Tansley United Church, 2111 Walker's Line (north of Upper Middle Rd), 905-335-0090
* 12 noon Next Door Space Community Lunch at ForestView Church Without Walls, 650 Plains Rd E, 289-799-0154
* 12 noon-3:30 pm Compassion Society (emergency food cupboard), 484 Plains Rd E (near King Rd), 905-592-3722
* 3rd Friday of each month, 12 noon-2 pm North BurLINKton 55+ Lunch, Burlington Christian Fellowship, 2054 Mountainside Dr, 905-335-4477 * lunch, with cards and board games following (optional)
* Hours vary, call for information Our Community Cares, Warwick/Surrey Site, Food Support Cupboard, 702 Surrey Lane, 905-681-2777
* 6 pm Friday Night Community, Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline St (between Brant St & Drury Lane), 905-634-1849

Saturday:
* 10 am-12 noon Open Doors Food Bank at St Christopher's Church, 662 Guelph Line, 905-634-1809
* 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 9:30 am-11 am Compass Point Bible Church, Food Market, 1500 Kerns Rd (west and north of QEW/403), 905-336-0500

Sundays:
None


FOOD VOUCHERS
May be available from Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, 905-336-8332
For expectant mothers in need, food vouchers may be available from by Halton Region Health Dept, Prenatal Nutrition Program, 905-825-6000

HALTON FRESH FOOD BOX PROGRAM
This is not an emergency food program, but allows pre-ordering of fresh fruits and vegetables at below-retail cost, available in different sized boxes * for details, see full listing here, 905-634-8645

St Luke's Anglican Church - Community Lunch and Food for Life Programs - Burlington - Ontario St

Community Lunch
First, third, and fifth Wednesdays of each month, 11:30 am in Parish Hall, 1382 Ontario St
* free, drop in * all members of the public welcome

Food for Life open outreach centre
Tue, 11:30 pm-12:30 pm
* fresh food provided to any in need of food
* for more information on Food for Life see separate listing here

Halton Fresh Food Boxes
Third Tuesday of each month

Welcome Inn Community Centre - Food Bank - 40 Wood St

The food bank was established to address the growing number of families experiencing hunger. Households receive a three-day supply of food. No one is turned away from receiving. This service is operated primarily by a dedicated group of volunteers.

This food bank can be accessed once per household every 30 days