If you or your organization would like to make Essential Aid the beneficiary of your fundraiser, please contact us.

Our Fundraising Team is available to help with your efforts and supply any required: 


-Media Materials




**Donation receipts for income tax purposes can be issued on most fundraising monetary donations.**



                       ...we can make a difference

Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario Inc.

Registered Charity #82522 7648 RR0001

one time gift

Essential Aid hosts a fundraising group on Facebook.

Purchase new items and feel great knowing 100% of proceeds go to our programs. JOIN HERE

Items accepted by donation and sold in our fundraising group include:

-Household Products

-Personal Hygiene Products

-Beauty Products

-Non Perishable Food Items

-New Clothing items

-Gift related items

-New Toys

-Gift Certificates

**Donation receipts for income tax purposes can be issued on donations of brand new goods, based on fair market value. Please note that we are unable to issue receipts on used items.** 

With no government funding, our monthly donors make a significant impact when planning and budgeting our food bank programs. 

Monthly recurring donations can be easily set up online here

Post-dated cheques payable to Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario Inc. can be mailed our dropped off in person to our Centre. 

201-100 Main Street East, Hamilton ON, L8N3W4

**Donation receipts for income tax purpose are issued on all monthly donations**


Please consider a financial contribution to our organization. No amount is too small and every dollar donated helps keep our programs running so that we can continue our work and ensure that no family is turned away. 

Financial contributions can be made online here to the designated fund of your choice:

-Infant Food Bank. All donations received for the Infant Food Bank will be used to purchase much needed diapers, formula, and baby foods to help keep our shelves full. 

-General Fund. Donations made to the General Fund will be allocated to where they are needed most at the time of your donation.

Send your donation by cheque or money Order payable to: Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario Inc.

201-100 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON L8N3W4

host a food drive


Because NO child should have to go without


Essential Aid has a team of dedicated volunteers and is happy to schedule local pick ups of donations.


Have items to donate but can’t make it to our Centre during food bank hours? We now have several donation drop off locations throughout Hamilton:

Essential Aid - 100 Main Street East, Unit 201, Hamilton. (Main/Catherine)
-10:00am-12:00pm, Monday/Wednesday/Friday

-6:00pm-8:00pm Tuesday/Thursday

Caliber Communications - 1100 South Service Rd, unit 107, Stoney Creek. Fruitland/south service)
*8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday at reception

55 Fairview Ave, Hamilton (Gage/Cannon)
*Residential porch drop off anytime

198 Gatestone Drive, Stoney Creek (Rymal/Second Rd W)
*Residential porch drop off anytime

213 East 43rd Street, Hamilton (Upper Gage/Fennell)
*Residential porch drop off anytime

465 Wellington Street N, Hamilton (Wellington/Burlington St)
*Residential porch drop off anytime

82 Teal Ave, Stoney Creek (Grays/North Service)
*Residential porch drop off anytime

147 Fano Drive, Hamilton (Upper Wentworth & Rymal)
*Residential porch drop off anytime

208 Meadowbrook Drive, Ancaster

*Residential porch drop off anytime

Be sure to mark your bags/boxes “EA” and include your name, address and email in each so we know who to thank and where to send any applicable tax receipts.


Wondering what type of items Essential Aid accepts? Here is our complete list:

PLEASE NOTE that we do not accept clothing, toys, furniture, strollers, car seats, etc. 

-Infant formula, any types. Sealed, non-expired. Samples accepted.

-Disposable diapers, any size or brand. Opened packages accepted.

-Baby food/cereal, any stage. Sealed, non-expired.

-Toddler snacks and any non-perishable food items suitable for children under age 4. Sealed, non-expired. (Cereal, boxes macaroni & cheese, canned pasta, apple sauce, granola bars, fruit cups, instant oatmeal, fruit snacks, crackers, bear paws, etc)

-Infant Hygiene Products: Baby wipes, wash, lotion, cream, shampoo, diaper ointment, and powder. Samples accepted.

-Nursing pads, breastmilk storage bags. Opened packages and samples accepted. Used breast pumps not accepted. 

-Over-the-counter medications or Vitamins: Tylenol, Vitamin D drops, children's multivitamins, prenatal vitamins, nutritional supplements. Samples accepted. Sealed and non-expired.

-Menstruation Products: Pads, Tampons and Liners. Opened packages accepted.

-New or nearly new receiving blankets, burp cloths, and wash cloths. Any colours/genders. We are unable to accept items with stains, rips or holes.

-New or unused program and office supplies: garbage bags, recycling bags, large zipper freezer/storage bags, sharpie markers, printer paper, postage stamps, and plain envelopes.

-Gift Cards of any denomination

-Any new or giftable items that can be used for fundraising purpose

Did you know that Essential Aid uses manufacturer coupons in conjunction with purchasing partnerships? EA always appreciates and accepts coupons for the following goods:

-Infant formula

-Baby food & cereal


-Baby wipes

-Toddler & children's non-perishable foods

-Infant & children's hygiene Items

-Children's fever/pain medication and vitamins

-Breastfeeding supplies

-Household product supplies (laundry soap, personal hygiene items, toilet paper, etc.)

Coupons can be mailed directly to our Food Bank: 201-100 Main Street East, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N3W4


shop our fundraiser

Looking for an easy way to donate items without having to leave your home?

Visit our online Baby Shower Registry and have your purchase shipped directly

to our Food Bank. Tax receipts will be issued on all purchased items.

Visit our Amazon Registry HERE

monthly giving

donate Coupons

You CAN help.

Every dollar donated helps keep our programs running. With your generous support, we can ensure that no child is turned away.

                              Please, donate today.

donate goods

If you, your organization or business would like to host a Children's Food Drive, please contact us. We have coordinators available to help you every step of the way.

Children's Food Drive Most Needed Items:

-Infant Formula


-Children's Hygiene Products

-Breastfeeding Supplies

-Menstruation Products

-Instant Oatmeal


-Granola bars

-Boxed macaroni & cheese

-Canned Pasta

-Applesauce/Fruit cups or pouches

-Non Perishable toddler snacks

**Donation receipts for income tax purposes will be issued on all monetary donations and eligible gifts in kind.**