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About 7 Hills Community Pantry

7 Hills Community Pantry is a registered Canadian charity serving the Warkworth area of Trent Hills. The Pantry provides an emergency supply of food to registered clients. Located in St. Paul's United Church, 60 Main Street, Warkworth Ontario

Warkworth food bank ‘in good shape’ as demand for services holds steady

Demand for food assistance remains constant at 7 Hills Community Pantry — but so is the help it receives to keep going.

“We’re in good shape right now,” said board chair Carolyn Lee

We couldn’t do it without the community support.”

That support comes in many forms, such as a young girl and a woman asking for donations to the food bank rather than be given gifts on their birthdays.

Percy Centennial Public School does a food drive around Christmas and the Girl Guides collect food during the Santa Claus Parade.

“The community is wonderful to us.”

That support is crucial as 7 Hills works with a budget of just $21,000 that’s made up mostly of donations, with a few small grants tossed in.

Each year on average, 7 Hills supplies food to 47 households, which range from single people to large families and includes seniors. Altogether, 80-some people make use of the food bank, which is open every Friday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church.

Clients in Warkworth and surrounding area receive a large supply of food once a month, but “many people do come every two weeks,” Lee said. “If they’re really strapped, we provide them with milk, bread, meat and eggs, every week or every two weeks.”

She began volunteering at the food bank three years ago after retiring as case manager at the Community Care Access Centre in Campbellford in 2012.

This is her second year as chair, having taken over from Gail Covert, who had served in that role for nine years.

“We had a very good year,” said Lee, who presided over the food bank’s annual general meeting recently.

In the last 12 months, 7 Hills received donations of sides of beef from the Northumberland Cattlemen’s Association and Hamilton Township Mutual Insurance Company, “which helped us immensely,” Lee said.

It also received a $600 Capacity Boost grant from Walmart for the purchase of a stainless steel table.

7 Hills had held two new fundraisers and both were “very, very successful.”

The food bank looked after clothing sales at the Warkworth Community Service Club’s annual Donnybrook Sale and made “over $1,000,” Lee said.

A show featuring Elvis tribute artist Paul Thain and another local entertainer, Pat Kelleher, raised more than $2,000 in September.

More recently, Sharpe’s Food Market and Northumberland OPP joined forces to hold a Cram the Cruiser event on behalf of 7 Hills for the first time.

“We collected 135 bags (of groceries), which really helped,” Lee said, because Food 4 All, Northumberland County’s nonprofit centralized food distribution warehouse located in Cobourg, “is going to discontinue stocking some of the items that we need,” such as Kraft dinner and canned pasta.

It figured we could get those through donations, Lee said. “They’re going to substitute vegetables and fruits. People are asking for more of that.”

Northumberland United Way again provided backpacks filled with school supplies for children in families who use the food bank.

“At Christmas time, we try to make sure that we’ve got toys,” Lee said.

Copied from article in the Independent newspaper written by John Campbell

Thank you for “Cramming the Cruiser”

Our first attempt of “Cram the Cruiser” was very successful.

@Sharpefoodmarket packaged up 140 bags- some $5 and some $10.  We collected 130 of those bags, plus financial donations.
Each bag had 5-6 items- juice, soup, pasta, tuna, spaghetti sauce or diced tomatoes, canned pasta and beef stew.
Thank you to everyone who helped collect the bags in that hot, hot weather, and those that came to put the items away and helped carry them into the pantry.

The auxiliary police were great , and wanted to help again next year if we decide to do this.

7 Hills Community Pantry Warkworth Cram the Cruiser

Sgt Brian Mowat from the auxiliary police helping to unload the cruiser at the 7 Hills Community Pantry in Warkworth.

Thanks again for helping with this successful food drive during Hunger Awareness week.

Cram the Cruiser

As part of the the hunger awareness week the 7 Hills Community Pantry, Warkworth’s Food Bank, are having a Food Drive at Sharpe’s Food Market in Campbellford.


The OPP will be there to receive your donations.


Support your local Food Bank. You can also make Financial Donations by following this link


7 Hills Community Pantry
a registered Canadian charity (Reg No. 807316286RR0001)


It never hurts to ask…

A few months ago we applied for the 2017 Capacity Boost Grant offered by #FoodBanksCanada.
The Capacity Boost Grant is made possible through the generous support of the Walmart Foundation and #Walmart Canada to increase the capacity of food bank organisations in Canada.

We applied for the money to replace the Food Handling table in the Pantry. This table is in serious need of replacement and no longer conforms to the Food Handling safety rules.

This week we received a cheque from Walmart.

Thank you Walmart.

Veterans still give

As part of the 5th Annual Jim White Memorial Golf Tournament, held in Warkworth, participants were asked to bring food for the food bank. Mr. Keith Telfer organises this golf tournament each year in honour of Jim White. Jim was a member of the Colborne Legion, an avid golfer, husband, father, grandfather, friend, comrade in arms and Airman, he joined the military in 1973 and was posted in Trenton after completing his training in 1974. During his career he made tours to Egypt, Golan Heights and Germany.
This year the 7 Hills Community Pantry was the recipient of 2 large boxes of food and a cash donation.


Thank you veterans. Here Jan Findlay and Carolyn Lee are sorting the food to be distributed.

HungerCount 2014

Food Banks Canada has released its annual HungerCount report:

“In March 2014, 841,191 people received food from a food bank in Canada. Food bank use increased by 1% compared to the same period in 2013. It is dismaying that the number of people utilizing this service remains 25% higher than in 2008.  This means that each and every month, 170,000 more people walk through the door of a food bank than was the case before the economic downturn.”

Read the rest of the Food Banks Canada HungerCount report here.

HTM Insurance Donates Prize Steer

HTM Insurance has made a generous donation to local food banks in Northumberland County.  This year, 7 Hills Community Pantry in Warkworth and Campbellford Fare Share Food Bank were the lucky recipients of the prize steer from the Norwood Fair.  “This donation will really help our food banks provide a number of meals of real substance to our clients.” says Martin Hare of 7 Hills Community Pantry.  Hilts Butcher Shop kindly donated their services to process the meat.  Hilts which is located in Norwood, is open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Many thanks to HTM Insurance for their support!


Bruce Dunk (Campbellford Food Bank), Bruce Buttar (HTM Insurance board of directors), Jan Findlay and Martin Hare (both from 7 Hills Community Pantry) and the staff of Hilts Butcher Shop.

Bruce Dunk (Campbellford Food Bank), Bruce Buttar (HTM Insurance board of directors), Jan Findlay and Martin Hare (both from 7 Hills Community Pantry) and the staff of Hilts Butcher Shop.

Rural Kids Grant Program

“Now in its second year, the Rural Kids Grant Program, an initiative of the Grocery Foundation and the Ontario Association of Food Banks, provides food banks in rural Ontario with an opportunity to increase the amount of fresh, healthy food available for children in their community.”   Ontario Association of Food Banks

The Pantry is very pleased to have received a grant in 2014 which we have used to set up a Brown Bag Program to supplement children’s lunches with nutritious food items.  Families with children who visit the Pantry will receive a brown bag for each child, containing items such as cheese, fruit cups, granola bars, and chocolate milk.

Brown Bag





Thanks to the OAFB and the Grocery Foundation for sponsoring this program!