Our food banks are still operating, albeit  with  precautionary measures in place. Please contact us for more information.

Restoring dignity – over 26, 500 visits in 2019

In 1993, the pioneering efforts of Major Muhammad Abbas Ali (1921-2009) and his wife, Sarwar Jahan Begum (1928-2013) launched Muslim Welfare Canada and its Halal Food & Essential Items Bank. From the very beginning, the food bank has provided individuals and families with non-perishable food items and halal meat. Additionally, essential household items, clothing, footwear and winter gear are provided, based on availability. There has always been a special focus on children and so we provide backpacks at the start of the school year, as well as presents during the holiday season.

We have a database of over 9,900 registered families who rely on our food banks to supplement their food requirements. In 2019 our food bank received over 26,500 family visits. Clients are served in Scarborough, Mississauga and Montreal, Quebec.

The most common items requested by our clients include:

  • Rice/Flour
  • Halal meat
  • Baby formula
  • Oil
  • Cereal
  • Pasta (canned or dry)
  • Lentils
  • Powdered milk
  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Dried beans
  • Sugar
  • Diapers

The following groups can access our food bank:

  1. The Unemployed
  2. Social Welfare Assistance Recipients
  3. Employment Insurance Recipients
  4. Refugees
  5. New Immigrants
  6. Anyone in real need
  • Please note clients are permitted to access the food bank once monthly, however special circumstances can be discussed with our staff.
  • Please note valid ID must be presented for registration and on each visit.

Acceptable forms of Identification include:

  • SIN Card
  • Passport
  • Immigration ID
  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of Income or Rent

Hours of Operation

Scarborough Location

Monday to Thursday and Saturday (Including Holidays) – 11:00 – 4:00 pm
Registration is done by appointment only.
For more information or to register, please call 416-335-9994.

Mississauga Location

Monday to Thursday and Sunday (Including Holidays) – 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Registration is done by appointment only.
For more information or to register, please call 905-281-9730.