Operation Backpack 2015 huge success

On August 31st, 2015, posted in: News by

Thanks to ArcelorMittal Hamilton East, United Steelworker local unions and other sponsors Operation Backpack 2015 was a giant success.


ArcelorMittal Hamilton East, staff and sponsors raised $23,000 this summer to stuff 700 backpacks. On Thursday, August 27 ArcelorMittal staff and volunteers got together to stuff the bags with necessary school supplies to help students succeed in the classroom.

St. Matthew’s House was chosen as the local agency to distribute the backpacks. On Friday, August 28 SMH staff handed out 700 backpacks to inner-city families, other community partners and local schools including Cathy Wever and Dr. Davey elementary schools.


This was all possible thanks to the following sponsors: ArcelorMittal Hamilton East, employees of ArcelorMittal Hamilton East (USW Local 5328), Hamilton Specialty Bar, Golden Horseshoe Credit Union, GIC Financial, Kromet International, A.Raymond Tinnerman, Steelworkers Area Council, USW Women of Steel, USW Local 4752,  USW Local 4153, USW Local 1005, USW Local 7135, Sam Merulla, and MJI Marketing Solutions Ltd.


St. Matthew’s House is proud to be a part of this back-to-school program that continues to grow each year.




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Operation Backpack 2015

On August 24th, 2015, posted in: Events by

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Thanks to ArcelorMittal Hamilton East, its employees and local unions, St. Matthew’s House will be distributing around 700 backpacks to inner-city students this year.

ArcelorMittal Hamilton East staff, local steelworkers unions and other partners spent the summer fundraising for the back-to-school program. The new backpacks will be stuffed with school supplies that low income families may not have been able to purchase otherwise.

St. Matthew’s House will be distributing the supplies on Friday, August 28 in the St. Matthew’s House parking lot at 414 Barton St. E.

We’ll be handing out the packs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parents and guardians will be required to show proof for each dependent requiring a backpack.

Some backpacks will also be going to local schools including Cathy Wever Elementary School, St. Brigid Catholic Elementary School, Parkdale School and other inner-city schools.

St. Matthew’s House is thrilled to be the chosen local agency to distribute the backpacks for the third year in a row.

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Thanks to the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we are happy to announce that our highly anticipated interior renovation for our food bank will begin on June 25, 2015.

Starting on Monday, June 22, 2015, we’ll be relocating our Barton Street food bank and extending the service at our Roxborough food bank at the St. Helen’s Centre for the duration of the renovation.



Donations will be accepted at our St. Helen’s Centre location, 785 Britannia Ave.  For More Information, please call 905.523.5546 x230.


This project is funded by:


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Coldest Night of the Year 2015

On February 4th, 2015, posted in: Events, Latest News by


CNOY – Coldest Night of the Year!

On February 21, 2015, St. Matthew’s House along with 80+ communities across Canada will host an event called “Coldest Night of the Year”.  This is a a fantastic, fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in our local community.


Join us on Feb. 21 and experience this great event with all the other caring Canadians around the country for a 2, 5, or 10 km walk right at the heart of our city!


It’s simple, a few clicks and you are done!  You can register for this event at the website http://coldestnightoftheyear.org/partner/smh.
Tip: Make sure you select HAMILTON as your location, and ST. MATTHEW’S HOUSE as your charity of choice!

More Questions?

If you have more questions, or need help putting a team together, please feel free to call or drop me a line at 905-523-5546 x227 or gwong@stmatthewshouse.ca

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New Tax Credit to Benefit Farmers and Communities

On September 29th, 2014, posted in: News by

September 29, 2014

This morning the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Jeff Leal, MPP announced a new Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers at Hamtilon Food Share.

This new tax credit is helping put nutritious, fresh, locally grown food on the plates of those who need it most.

The Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers — the only one of its kind in Canada — is giving farmers a tax credit valued at 25 per cent of the fair market value of the agricultural products they donate to community food programs, including food banks and student nutrition programs.
The tax credit is a part of the Ontario government’s local food strategy and Local Food Act, 2013 to promote the good things that are grown and harvested across the province.

“Hamilton Food Share has focused on increasing the amount of fresh product distributed to local emergency food programs as the thousands of people who visit a food bank do not have access to fresh food on an ongoing basis. We remain deeply committed to food security and we believe the new tax credit for farm donations will help us forge new partnerships within the agricultural sector in our community.”
— Joanne Santucci, Executive Director, Hamilton Food Share.

Building a stronger agri-food industry is part of the government’s economic plan to support a dynamic and innovative business climate, invest in people and invest in infrastructure.

For information on receiving a charitable receipt please contact:

Genevieve Wong
905-523-5546 x227

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