Financial Donations

The generosity of the community enables The Inn to help thousands of people. The Inn of the Good Shepherd is a registered Canadian charity and we are pleased to be able to provide a tax receipt for all financial donations.

Charitable Tax Registration Number: 13131 2092 RR0001

Whether its focusing on purchasing food items most needed or getting those bulk purchase deals, helping that family stay housed with Rent/Utility assistance or providing school supplies to children, your financial donation allows The Inn to help in so many ways!

Giving Made Easy – choose your option

By post – mail your cheque donation to:

The Inn
115 John St
Sarnia, ON
N7T 2Z1

Why not join the ‘post-dated’ club and send in a quantity of post-dated cheques that will be deposited according to your wishes?

By phone – call The Inn at (519) 344-1746 x301 to make a VISA or Master Card

Food Donations

Thank you for joining in the fight against hunger. Your food donations go right to the plates of families and individuals who are struggling. Every month, the food bank will distribute over 40,000 lbs of food to some 800 households – that’s 1800 hundred people – 750 of which are children.

The Inn’s food bank is designed using a grocery store model where clients are given points based on the size of their household and they can ‘spend’ those points to select the food they need. Not only does this treat our shoppers with dignity and respect but it reinforces the life skill of grocery shopping and greatly reduces wastage, as folks are getting the food they need and can use.

Food items can be dropped off at the following locations:
– The Inn – 115 John St – between 8:30 am & 4:30pm, Monday to Friday
– The Lodge – 950 Confederation St – anytime
– Firehalls (during the Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving food drives)

The Inn has collection barrels at several grocery stores which are picked up regularly. Many donors find if very convenient to be able to place a few items in the barrel on their weekly shopping visit!

We are very happy to receive fresh and frozen items such as milk, meat, fruit & vegetables etc. For health reasons, they would have to be dropped off directly at The Inn at 115 John St.

Interested in running a food drive at work, at school or in your neighbourhood? Contact our Food Bank Coordinator at (519) 344-1746 x316. We can help provide a collection barrel and signage!


  • Cereal
  • School Snacks
  • Juice Boxes
  • Large Soups & Stews
  • Canned Fruit/Jams
  • Kraft Dinner
  • Dish Soap
  • Sugar
  • Coffee

Clothing & Household Items

When you are struggling to pay bills and put food on your table, even a few bucks for clothing at a thrift store can be too much! With its holistic approach to supporting families, money that they would have spent on a few pieces of clothing or a household item can be focused on their housing and food costs. Donated household items are also used to help set up an individual moving from shelter to housing.

The Genesis program relies on the generosity of the community in donating gently used items. While The Inn doesn’t have the capacity to handle and store large furniture items on a regular basis, we may pre-arrange larger items if we have a client in need for specific items.

Items most needed:
•Linens and bedding
•Small kitchen appliances
•Dishes and Cutlery

Clothing donations can be dropped off at 115 John Street between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday or 950 Confederation anytime.

Thank you for allowing The Inn to be your caring hands in the community!

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