Community Choice Pantry

The Community Choice Pantry was initiated at Community and Family Services in May 2012.

By providing the opportunity for individuals to make their own food selections, the Community Choice Pantry helps to restore dignity and gives a sense of well-being.

Community Choice" is a model of emergency food distribution that enables individuals to select their own food, much like a grocery store. Unlike most Food Banks, which provide clients with fixed boxes or bags of food with no ability to select the items included, community choice pantries allow individuals the ability to choose from a wide variety of foods, better enabling persons to meet their personal dietary needs.

The Community choice model offers other advantages, including:

  • A sense of dignity for clients and their families
  • Higher satisfaction with the food they are able to choose
  • Less waste and ultimately less cost of food provided
  • Greater opportunities for volunteer and clients to interact; more social, supportive relationship opportunities

The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is a day shelter serving Kingston's homeless and their peers, for those in transition and those at risk of losing their housing.

We provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where our guests can take shelter from harsh and inclement weather, eat a light nutritious meal and hang out with their peers. Staff are always available to provide individual counselling and emotional support.

We also provide supervised, accessible programs and services such as information sessions on relevant topics, one-on-one support and referrals to other appropriate services in the city.

Service Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Open:  2:00 pm  –  6:30 pm 
Meals:  3:00 pm  –  5:00 pm 


Open:  12:00 noon –  4:00 pm 
Meals:  12:30 pm  –  2:30 pm 

Monthly Activities

  • Board Games – A variety of games are available to enjoy at The Gathering Place
  • NetFlix
  • Cribbage and Euchre Tournaments – Guests may participate in tournaments held once per month
  • Birthday Celebration – Join in on celebrating all of the guests birthdays from each month
  • Hair Cutting – Hair cuts available at no charge

Agency Partnerships

A number of agencies provide specialized services at The Gathering Place and include:

  • Housing Help
  • Hep C Clinic
  • Employment Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Street Health Centre

Shower Facilities

During service hours guests of The Gathering Place have access to shower services. Toiletries are provided.

Laundry Facilities

Guests of The Gathering Place have access to laundry facilities. It is by appointment only and sign up sheets are available during service hours. Laundry soap is provided, one load per appointment.

On-The-Go Backpacks

On the Go Backpacks are available for those guests of The Gathering Place who are currently homeless. Backpacks may include: toiletries, water bottle, socks etc.

New Beginnings Care Kits

New Beginnings Care kits are available to those moving into new housing. Encouragement and support through the provision of necessary cleaning and supply items to those who qualify. Items include: mop and pail, all purpose cleaner, broom, laundry soap etc.

Job Readiness Support

  • Gathering Place Staff will assist those looking for employment.
  • Access to computers for resumes and cover letters
  • Resume/interview support
  • Links to Community Agencies
  • Access to local classifieds
  • Clothing vouchers

Community Gardens

During the growing season Community and Family Services offers our neighbourhood a Community Garden which assists in providing fresh vegetables to individuals within the community. Guests may assist in the planting, weeding and harvesting of the gardens during service hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Gathering Place Green Space

An inviting Green Space is available to Gathering Place guests to enjoy and includes picnic tables, flowerbeds, basketball and seasonal outdoor games.

Food Banks / Groceries

Partners In Mission Food Bank – Kingston

140 Hickson Ave.

16 Manitou Crescent
Amherstview, ON

  • Main distribution and collection centre
  • Deliveries may be available for people with disabilities
  • Call for an appointment

The Salvation Army Community and Family Services

342 Patrick Street

  • Emergency Food, Clothing and Household items, available by appointment

The Salvation Army – Rideau Heights

183 Weller Ave.

  • Emergency food available by appointment

Food Pantry at St. Vincent de Paul

85/85A Stephen Street

  • Emergency food and hot meal program

Food For Thought

St Lawrence College, Kingston, ON

  • Emergency food available for students only, by referral from student counselor

Good Food Box

KFL&A Public Health
221 Portsmouth Avenue

  • Low cost fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Call for information or to order


Meal Programs

The Gathering Place

342 Patrick Street
613-548-4411 x 42

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday- 2: 30 – 6: 30 pm
    meals served between 3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Sunday – 12pm- 4pm
    meals served between 12: 30pm - 2: 30pm

The Bread of Life

183 Weller Ave.

  • Last seven days of each month 3:30pm – 5:00pm

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

130 Clergy St @ Princess

  • Sunday 4:30pm

St. Vincent de Paul

85/85A Stephen Street

  • Monday – Friday doors open at 9:00am

Kingston Alliance Church

540 Palace Road

  • Monday 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Martha’s Table

629 Princess Street

  • Monday – Friday 3:30pm – 5:15pm
  • Cost - $1.00

Friendship Room

629 Princess Street

  • Monday – Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm

St. George’s Cathedral

King Street @ Johnson Street
613-548-4618 x 30

  • Monday – Friday 9:00am

Seventh Day Adventist

66 Wright Crescent

  • Tuesdays 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Vegetarian meal

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

137 Montreal Street

  • Thursdays 5:00pm – 6:30pm

St. Mary’s Hot Meal Program

St. John's Parish Hall
88 Patrick Street

  • Saturdays 11:00am

Kingston Street Truck Mission

Princess Street & Clergy Street

  • October – March
    Monday – Sunday,
    9:30pm – 1:00am

Katarowki Native Friendship Centre

50 Hickson Ave.

  • Friday 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Cost - $2.00 if affordable

NeXt Church – Food Not Bombs

89 Colborne Street

  • Sundays 11::00am
  • Vegan meal

HIV/AIDS Regional Services

844A Princess Street

  • Monday – Friday mornings
  • light snacks, coffee and tea

Seniors Association

56 Francis Street

  • Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Cost – $4:00(for member), $4.50(non member)