St. Mary's altar area at Easter decorated with flowers and yellow and white banners

Downtown Barrie Breakfast Program

We are all aware that Barrie has both Homelessness and Drug usage problems – particularly in the downtown core. As an act of compassion and love of neighbour, we are joining with other churches and concerned people to offer breakfast to the homeless and those in need each day – rain or shine. St. Mary’s will be offering breakfast on Thursday Mornings from 8:00 am to 9:30 am in the parking lot of the Salvation Army Bayside Mission (Maple Street) entrance. We hope to have enough people willing to do the different tasks – that they will only have to serve every 2-3 weeks.  We need people to be:

1) Breakfast servers;

2) Breakfast assemblers;

3) People who “Shop and drop”

4) Benefactors – who donate funds to support the program


Breakfast servers will: (Need to be 16 years of age or older & be trained)

  • Arrive at the church front doors at 7:00 am Thursday mornings,
  • Make the Coffee and Boil Water,
  • Load the Breakfast supplies into their vehicles
  • Set up and serve the breakfast in the Salvation Army Parking Lot
  • Bring supplies back to the Church, clean containers.

Breakfast assemblers will: (Need to be 13 years of age or older)

  • Meet at the church on Wednesday afternoons (Time TBA)
  • Assemble the food into individual baggies under the supervision of a person with a food safe handling certificate
  • Prepare the coffee, water for boiling.

People who “Shop and Drop” (Need to have access to their own vehicle)

  • Receive a list of supplies needed and shop for them
  • Use advertisements to get supplies at low costs
  • Drop the items off at St. Mary’s Hall Kitchen by 1:00pm on Wednesday
  • Drop receipts off at the Parish Office at the same time, to be reimbursed.


  • Can make donations to St. Mary’s Parish – Breakfast Program.

To help with any of these roles – please email the Parish Office: