In November 1985, Dalhousie Food Action Group, better known as the Dalhousie Food Cupboard, opened its doors in the basement of Erskine Church, on Bronson Avenue in the former Dalhousie Ward. Its founders, St. Anthony of Padua, Bell Street Presbyterian Church, Erskine Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Luke's Anglican Church, McPhail Memorial Baptist Church, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Somerset West Community Health Centre, realized that many in the community lacked a steady supply of food and in the words of one of the founders“...pledged to work hard to eliminate the need for food within a decade” (Laurence DeWolfe).
Dalhousie Food Cupboard acquired its legal name, Dalhousie Food Action Group, before Dalhousie amalgamated with Wellington Ward to become Ward 14. The name is both an acknowledgement of its historic location and the founders’ pledge.
In 2007 Erskine closed its doors and Dalhousie Food Cupboard moved to the former St. Agnes School between Louisa and Arlington. In 2014, we moved to our current address in the Bronson Centre, where we continue to fight hunger in the community.
A few years ago we changed our logo to the one in the header. Our former logo was the gift of a local architect who drew it on the back of a napkin. It symbolized the parable of the 5 loaves and fishes, which is also known as the feeding of the 5000.