Who We Are

Neighbours Helping Neighbours

Operating since 1990, Hamilton Food Share is the emergency food shipping and receiving hub and Emergency Food Systems Coordinator for the network of agencies we support in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

We provide industrial-scale food resources to hunger relief agencies, operating emergency food programs open to the public. The food equitably delivered to food banks and meal programs to ensure that people living in poverty have access to healthy food for themselves and their families.

We place a greater emphasis on nutritious food. We have greatly increased our capacity to receive, store, and distribute fresh/frozen food items, ensuring that all families who rely on emergency food programs have access to a variety of food options. We generally accept food that can be used to build healthy meals.

Most of the food comes is donated by our generous local food industry, including wholesalers and farmers. Some is purchased in bulk at deep discounts and the remainder comes from community food drives by local groups or at special events.

Our Mission

Working together toward a hunger-free community.

Our Values

Every person has the right to safe and nutritious food.

Privacy and dignity are essential for everyone, particularly people struggling with poverty.

Volunteers and staff demonstrate integrity, fairness, and honesty.

Organizational partnerships must further our anti-hunger mission and be based on respect, trust, and openness.

Generosity from our community will be encouraged and celebrated.

Staff Directory

Hamilton Food Share Team

Staff Member Position
Joanne Santucci CEO
Deborah Walsh Sr. Manager, Business
Karen Randell Sr. Manager, Operations
Moris Rosa Warehouse Manager
Justin Destro Warehouse Coordinator
Felicia Kostecky Community Relations Coordinator
Chayda Adora Executive Assistant
Michael Sun Administrative Assistant
Elisabeth Damiani Administrator
Gary McCarthy Driver / Warehouse Worker
Jimmie Bussey Driver / Warehouse Worker
George Ampofo Driver/Warehouse Worker


HFS in the News

We appreciate assistance from our local media in the fight against hunger. Below you will find a selection of recent news stories about the work of Hamilton Food Share.


CBC Sounds of the Season

Food bank use is at crisis levels. Your donation will ensure families experiencing hunger can access the nutritious food


Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train Concert returns to Gage Park in support of Hamilton Food Share

Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train returns to the rails this season on its first continent tour in three years to raise


Food bank visits surge to all-time high, with the worst yet to come

A report released from Food Banks Canada showed the number of people using their services surged to an all-time high


Nearly 2,500 Hamilton residents say food banks saved them from homelessness

In Hamilton, at least 2,460 households visiting food banks are at high risk of homelessness


FirstOntario Credit Union and Hamilton Food Share confirm new long-term partnership

The five-year agreement offers annual funds to help boost much-needed resources for those in need


Spec: Ancaster Community Food Drive ends campaign with over $32,000 in donations

2022 Food drive helping agencies across Hamilton, including Hamilton Food Share.


CHCH: Spring has Sprung at Gage Park

Bulb show at Gage Park collects food and funds for Hamilton Food Share


CHCH: Food for Thought

Tim Bolen visits the Hamilton Food Share warehouse for the 2021 holiday food drive.


CBC: Free menstrual products now available at food banks...

'Our objective is to remove the barriers to affordability and access:' Food Share CEO


IntheHammer: Smile Cookie campaign raises record funds for Hamilton Food Share

Tim Hortons restaurants raised more than $12 million across Canada


CBC: Study shows food bank users 'poorest of the poor'

Study found gross income for households using food banks was 40-60% lower than average low-income family.'


Global: Hamilton Food Share says Bulldogs $100K donation a 'great boost' amid COVID-19 pandemic

$100,000 donation to Hamilton Food Share was in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic