What do you need to become a client of Project SHARE?
Project SHARE supports individuals living below the poverty line as defined by Statistics Canada in Niagara Falls. Clients are required to bring proof of income, residency and dependents every time they come to Project SHARE.
How often can a client come to Project SHARE?
Families can come to us once per month for both perishable and non-perishable foods, and weekly for perishable foods including fresh produce and bread.
Where do you get the food from?
We must food raise over 800,000 lbs of food annually, which comes from food drives, Project SHARE events, 3rd party events, barrels located at community partners, support from local grocery stores, bakeries, farmers, restaurants and donations from the community. Project SHARE spends over $100,000 annually purchasing food necessities like fresh milk.
How many people do you help?
An average of 100 families per day come to Project SHARE for emergency assistance, and 30% of those we help are children. During our last fiscal year we helped individuals over 39,000 times.
Do you accept donations of gently used clothing or household items?
Project SHARE does not have the physical space to accept these items, so we have partnered with St. Andrew’s United Church Shoulder to Shoulder Program and Goodwill Industries Niagara. Learn about this partnership.
Do you prefer donations of money or food?
Project SHARE gratefully accepts donations of both fresh, frozen and non-perishable foods and monetary gifts. Monetary donations are used to purchase emergency food necessities.
How are you funded?
Project SHARE is a charitable organization established in 1989 (#107861338RR0001). While funding is provided by The City of Niagara Falls, United Way of Niagara Falls, and The Region Municipality of Niagara, these dollars do not cover all of the costs of operating the building, programs, and emergency resources. Fundraising of $400,000 annually must be raised within the community.