Who we are

Established in 2001, the New Life Neighbourhood Centre is a not-for-profit community service of the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church. We operate as a registered food bank serving over 3,000 people each year in Oshawa and surrounding areas.

The Centre is dedicated to following Christ’s example by helping individuals and families in our community obtain food and acquire basic skills to provide a pathway out of dependency.

Board Members

  • Ann Thompson – Director
  • Frank Dell’Erba – Pastor
  • Daniel Cullen – Asst Director, Community Engagement
  • Indra Davloor – Asst Director, Administration
  • Noel Thompson – Treasurer
  • Melissa Wendt – Public Relations & Fundraising Specialist


What we do

Currently we provide:

  • meal boxes – with fresh, nutritious food and non-perishable products that can prepare 3 breakfasts,  3 lunches and 3 suppers distributed on the first Sunday of each month
  • continental breakfast – offered the second Saturday of each month
  • pancake breakfast – a complete meal with pancakes offered the third Sunday of each month
  • Christmas hampers – consisting of a complete Christmas dinner, a meal box, gifts and stuffed stockings for each child provided to low-income families that need help only at this time of the year
  • personal hygiene packages – consisting of shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, and other products that are needed to maintain personal hygiene
  • baby packages – consisting of diapers, baby wipes, baby food, formula, and other needs for infants and toddlers
  • snack lunches for school children
  • cooking classes – attendees learn to prepare nutritious meals from the items in their meal boxes
  • care packages – a backpack with blanket, gloves, scarf, snacks, water, juice and other items distributed to the homeless during the winter
  • annual Community BBQ – a community BBQ held in August where we share food music and fellowship with our neighbours
  • remote counseling – partnership with DRIVEN to provide counseling services to women who are victims of violence