Feeding Others of Dartmouth (F.O.O.D.) Society

MARGARET'S HOUSE

Feeding Others of Dartmouth (F.O.O.D.) Society is a registered charity whose mission is to provide a free nutritious hot meal to adults in need within the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Notices

CHRISTMAS WISH LIST

Margaret’s House serves up nearly 3,000 takeaway meals each month to guests, and their food security needs only increase during the holiday season.  If you’d like to do something special for those less fortunate, do consider having a look at our Christmas Wish List below.  We welcome donation drop-offs between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., seven days a week.  Thank you so much and please help us spread the word!

  • Canned milk
  • Coffee whitener
  • Instant coffee
  • Hot chocolate packages
  • Instant oatmeal packages
  • Canned gravy
  • Chunky soup or stew
  • Granola bars
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fruit cups
  • Soda crackers
  • Juice boxes
  • Bottled water
  • Medium zipper-type sandwich bags
  • Large zipper-type freezer bags
  • New 38 oz. takeout containers (Costco or Paper Plus)
  • Styrofoam bowls with lids
  • Personal care items (body wash, shampoo, disposable razors)
  • Hand/feet warmers
  • Christmas candy or chocolate

WINTER WEAR DRIVE

It’s time for guests to trade in their summer/fall wear for warmer things to take them through the winter months.  To that end, we’d be grateful for your donations of any of the items below.  Eighty percent of our guests are men and 20% are women.  As our volunteer base and storage space is limited, we’re still not able to accept used household items or other clothing not on the list (unless it’s new).  Margaret’s House drop-off hours are 9:30-11:00 a.m. seven days a week.  Thank you Dartmouth, and feel free to share far and wide! 

  • Warm coats (freshly laundered and in good condition)
  • Warm winter boots (in good, clean shape)
  • Warm hoodies (freshly laundered)
  • Warm sweatpants (freshly laundered)
  • Warm winter gloves (NEW only)
  • Warm socks (NEW only)
  • Sleeping bags (NEW only)
  • Tents (NEW only)

COVID-19

To our Margaret’s House community of supporters –

As the situation around the Coronavirus continues to evolve, we’d like to let you know how Margaret’s House is responding.  The health and safety of our guests, volunteers and those who donate to us are of paramount importance.  We’re closely following the advice from the N.S. Health Authority, Feed Nova Scotia and Shelter Nova Scotia.    Our goal is to remain open to meet the food security needs of our vulnerable guests, but realize that modifications are necessary to reduce social congestion and minimize risk.  To that end, we have moved to provide takeaway meals only to our patrons.

DONATIONS OF USED ITEMS

Until further notice, we will not be accepting any used clothing or household items.  New clothing is still welcomed, and we’ll be happy to meet you at the door during our usual open hours to take your donations.

Please watch our Facebook page for updates.  Thank you for your understanding!

Volunteer

Volunteers Build Resilient Communities

Volunteers help improve quality of life for others. They also gain valuable experience and develop new skills. Margaret’s House relies  on it’s many volunteers to bring it all together — providing free, nutritious hot meals to adults in need in our community.

Donations

Much of our support comes in the form of donations made by corporate groups, local churches, Feed Nova Scotia and the Christian Relief & Development Coalition. This generous assistance is the cornerstone of our efforts, as are the tireless volunteers who bring it all together each day at Margaret’s House.

Items of Interest

DONATION PRIORITIES

Our priorities change throughout the year. Check our donations page for current priorities.

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