In 1993, the pioneering efforts of Major Muhammad Abbas Ali (1921-2009) and his wife, Sarwar Jahan Begum (1928-2013) launched the Muslim Welfare Centre 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 bank to supplement their food requirement. In 2014, our food bank received over 11,400 family visits. Clients are served in Scarborough, Mississauga and Montreal, Quebec.
The most common items requested by our clients include:
Pasta (canned or dry)
Canned fruits & vegetables
The following groups can access our food bank:
Social Welfare Assistance Recipients
Employment Insurance Recipients
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:
Proof of Income or Rent