Covid-19 Pandemic Response: Where to Get Food

Updated Post Regarding Food Distribution




This is a tough time for everyone, but together, we will get through it. It will require all of us working together to make sure that everyone is provided for while still being as safe as possible

The need is great, and to preserve resources and to better allocate them to make sure that all of our neighbours can access food, we are changing how hampers will be distributed for the time being. To get a food hamper:

Please call 211 to register.

There has been confusion in the past, but at this point, anyone requiring a food hamper must call 211 for registration.Do not call the RFDA, as we do not have the staff or volunteers to be able to adequately answer phone calls.

The Blue Door and the Blues!

For the first time ever, we invite you to join us in fighting hunger at the Blue Door Bistro!

Come enjoy great food, great music, and help fight hunger in our city.

The Blue Door Bistro would love to host you for an amazing night of food and music. Musical acts will serenade you as you enjoy a special menu prepared just for the occasion (See below). Not only that, but proceeds for the event go to the RFDA. Food, music, and fighting hunger all at once. What could be better?

Tickets are $100 per person
To reserve your reservation online, please visit

Call the RFDA at 622-7440, or the Blue Door Bistro at 623-5001.

We recommend booking as groups of four, for seating purposes
We are able to accommodate pairs, with a maximum of 5 pairs.

Choice of Appetizer:
~ Hail King Caesar Salad
~ French Onion Soup
~ House-made Balsamic Bruschetta, Spinach & Toasted Onion-Dill Baguette topped w/ cheese
~ Candy-Peppered Bacon-wrapped Potato-Cheese Dumpling w/ Dill Aioli

Choice of Main Meal:
~ Roasted Striploin w/ Yorkshire pudding, Truffle Demi-Glace, Vegetables & Potatoes
~ Pan-seared Chicken Breast Chasseur Brandy Cream sauce w/ Ham, Tomatoes, Green Onion, Parsley, Red & Green Peppers & Red Onions, served w/ Vegetables & Potatoes
~ Spaghetti Cioppino – Shrimp, Scallop, Mussel, Haddock in a Tomato & Garlic Wine Broth

~ Strawberry, Peach & Rhubarb Crumble w/ Creamsicle Gelato

The Blue Door Bistro… your home of great, award-winning food & live music!!

Fight Hunger, Spark Change With Walmart

Fight Hunger, Spark Change! happening now, Walmart is helping feed the hungry across the country. Donate in-store or at the cash register at any Thunder Bay Walmart, and your donation will stay local with the RFDA!

Last year’s campaign generated over $30,000 in support of the RFDA and it’s members.

The campaign will run from February 14th to March 13th in Walmart stores across the country.

The Fight Hunger. Spark Change campaign offers simple ways you can take action.

1. Purchase Participating Products

With a purchase of a select product between February 14 to March 13, online or in-store from participating brand partners, a contribution will be made to Food Banks Canada, which will then be forwarded on to the RFDA.

Participating brand partners joining together for Fight Hunger. Spark Change. including our Guiding Partners: General Mills Canada Corporation, Kellogg Canada Inc., Kraft Heinz Canada, PepsiCo Foods Canada and Champion Partners: Canada Bread, Catelli Foods, ConAgra, Dare, Ferrero Canada, Hershey, Lassonde, Maple Leaf Foods, French’s, Mondelez, Nestle Waters, Old Dutch Foods, Smuckers, Starbucks and Unilever.

2. Donate at the Register or Online at

You have the opportunity to round-up your purchases at the register to the nearest dollar from February 14 to March 8, 2019 and donate the difference. Shopping Online? You can donate when you check out your shopping order.

All donations will be matched by Walmart Canada in support of the RFDA.

These donations help the RFDA better serve those experiencing hunger in our city.  With these funds we can purchase perishable products like dairy, protein and vegetables when we need them, buy gas for ortrucks or, make staffing or capital investments like shelving or forklifts to ensure our warehouse runs effectively.

3. Drop-Off Food Donations

Walmart Canada stores will also be accepting non-perishable food donations as well. Look for a donation bin at the front of each store. Please consider nutritious food options such as canned protein, fruits and vegetables, rice, whole wheat pasta and sauces, soups and protein alternatives (ex: peanut butter and beans) when dropping off your donations.

Walmart’s Commitment to Hunger in Canada

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are working together to address food waste and food insecurity by supporting the work of the food bank network in Canada.  Walmart stores have donated over 16 million pounds of surplus quality food to food banks across the country since 2012.

The food diversion program pairs Walmart stores with a local food bank to ensure surplus quality food is donated to local food banks. Walmart Canada has also donated more than $10.5 million since 2011 to Food Banks Canada and the Walmart Foundation has invested close to $6 million to build capacity in the food bank network- from trucks, new refrigerators, and staff resources to ensure food is safely and properly distributed to those who need it most.