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


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.


Christmas 2022 Wish List

We serve 3,000+ takeaway meals each month and food security needs only increase during the holiday season.  To do something special for those less fortunate, please have a look at our Christmas Wish List below.  Donations are welcomed between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., seven days a week.  Thanks and do help us spread the word!

  • New 24 and 38 oz. takeout containers (Costco, Paper Plus, Superstore)
  • Styrofoam bowls with lids
  • Juice boxes
  • Bottled water
  • Canned milk
  • Coffee whitener
  • Instant coffee
  • Hot chocolate packages
  • Instant oatmeal packages
  • Peanut butter
  • Chunky soup
  • Canned stew or ravioli
  • Canned gravy
  • Granola bars
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fruit cups
  • Soda crackers
  • Medium zipper-type sandwich bags
  • Large zipper-type freezer bags
  • Personal care items (shampoo, body wash, razors, shaving cream)
  • Hand/feet warmers
  • Christmas candy or chocolate

Christmas Full of Caring - Cancelled for 2022

Regretfully, due to ongoing concerns of the potential spread of Covid 19 and other respiratory viruses, especially in large gatherings, the Board of Directors have decided they cannot responsibly host the annual fundraiser, “A Christmas Full of Caring” Dinner and Auction, again this year.

The Board, staff, and volunteers of Margaret’s House are grateful for the support we receive each year from our faithful supporters and the Dartmouth Community.

We welcome your continued support.

Please visit our website at www.margarets-house.ca for the many ways you can help Margaret’s House including how to make a financial donation OR you can contact us by mail at:

F.O.O.D.at Margaret’s House
PO Box 45
Dartmouth, NS
B2Y 3V2.

We wish you all a healthy and happy Christmas.


It’s time for our guests to make the switch to winter wear and we’d love your help with any donations from the list below! While we’re still not able to accept used household items or other used clothing that’s not listed, new clothing is always welcome. Please place your donation in a clear bag and drop it off to us between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., seven days a week. Thank you Dartmouth!

  • Warm winter jackets (freshly laundered, 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)


Margaret’s House is in need of a supervisor for Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (paid position).  The candidate must be experienced (and enjoy!) cooking large quantities of food, able to supervise a small team of volunteers (2-3), and be familiar with Covid-19 protocols.  Please send resumes to:


No phone calls or direct drop-offs at the Kitchen please.  Thanks for your interest!

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.

Thank you from Margaret’s House!  The outpouring of support for our deserving guests during the holiday season has been simply phenomenal.  From the youngster who donated $5 from his allowance right up to large corporate donors and everything in between, we feel blessed.  To those individuals, groups, churches, businesses and Secret Santas who held food drives, shopped our Christmas wish list, cooked and baked for us, knitted warm things, checked in weekly about our immediate needs, dropped off new takeaway containers and plastic bags, and made financial donations … we are ever thankful and salute your generous efforts.  It does take a caring and committed community to help this organization function as it has for 30+ years, and we live in an exceptional one.  Thank you all and hope you remember us throughout the year.

Willow Apartments' Social Committee!

The Willow Apartments’ Social Committee invited fellow residents to contribute to meals for us, and were thrilled to receive support for 21 dinners of meatloaf, potatoes, vegetables and apple juice.  2022 marks the second year of the group’s help for our guests.  Pictured here are Jim and Timmy Anderson and Tom William.  Thank you Willow Apartments … you rock!

Better Together Nova Scotia!

☘️☘️☘️ Our cloudy morning was made instantly brighter with the arrival of our favourite guys from Better Together Nova Scotia!  The boys were clad in their St. Patrick’s Day best, bopping to the music of an 🎶 Irish jig 🎶 and delivering 💯 treat bags of homemade cookies, candies and an Irish Blessing card for our happy guests.  Thanks for making everyone’s day special, gentlemen! ☘️☘️☘️

The Ryan Family!

The Ryan family of Dartmouth has a long standing tradition of preparing a delicious dinner and trimmings for our guests each January.  They forego Christmas gifts to each other within their extended family and instead purchase ingredients for a special meal for us.  Here are Cyril and Emmet delivering the family’s roast pork dinners, replete with mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and carrots, as well as juice boxes, fruit cups, rolls with butter, dessert, Ferrero Rocher chocolates and even Tim Horton’s cards!  Thank you Ryan family for your generosity of spirit.

The Dartmouth Whalers!

The Dartmouth Whalers Minor Hockey Association scored a hat trick for Margaret’s House this year!  In three deliveries, the club got together to collect food and essential items needed for our guests. They also gathered to make beef stew, biscuits and dessert. Also, they made a financial contribution from Kathryn Riley from her 50/50 draw winnings.  

These fine young gentlemen representing the Whalers club brought down bags upon bags of donations collected by players and their families.  Awesome work everyone!


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.


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!


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.


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.

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


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