Community Food Programs

 

Contents

Good Food Box Program Grey Bruce

About

Newsletter Templates

Community Gardens

Community Garden Guidelines

Student Nutrition Ontario

Nutrition Guidelines for Student Nutrition Programs

Resources

 

Community Food Programs allow Grey Bruce residents to connect over shared interests in food. Programs can be open to the entire community like the Good Food Box, or may target specific populations like Student Nutrition Programs.

You can find out more about these and other programs by calling or visiting 211.ca.

Good Food Box Program Grey Bruce

About

The Good Food Box program makes purchasing vegetables and fruit easy and affordable for everyone in the community through bulk purchasing of produce.  It is operated by more than 19 local coordinators and 150 volunteers.

 

Check out this video of the Meaford Good Food Box in action. Over 200 boxes!

 

 

The Good Food Box program is currently available at 19 sites throughout Grey and Bruce Counties.  Each site takes their own orders.

Grey Bruce Good Food Box Program - Sites

Once a month participants place their orders for a box of fresh fruits and vegetables with their local coordinator. On the monthly delivery day, volunteers sort and pack the boxes for pick-up.

Everyone! Each of us can benefit from eating more fresh, affordable, and nutritious vegetables and fruit.

If you feel that there is too much produce in a box for your household, consider sharing a box with family, friends or neighbours.

The box contains different types of fresh fruits and vegetables each month. The produce included will vary by season.
The box costs range from $15.00 - $20.00 each month. Some sites do smaller boxes for less. Payment is required before pick up date. Subsidy may be available for eligible participants. Speak to your local coordinator from more information.

The Good Food Box

 

Newsletter Templates

Many local sites include helpful recipes and program notices in each Good Food Box. View the Good Food Box Newsletter Templates for recipes and food facts.

 

Community Gardens

Community Garden

Community gardens are spaces for groups or people to grow their own fruits, vegetables, or flowers. For more information on gardens in your area and how to join call 2-1-1, email or visit 211.ca. (Search term Community Garden)

 

Community Garden Guidelines

Community GardenPublic Health has developed the Community Gardening Guidelines in response to frequently asked questions about setting up and operating a community garden. Information included in these guidelines can help you create a welcoming space for gardeners and safely donate garden produce to local programs.

Community Gardening Guidelines

 

Master Gardeners are a valuable resource when planning or participating in community gardens. These trained volunteers can support your gardening efforts by providing advice to home gardeners and community groups. You can find out more through the Grey County Master Gardeners website.  

 

Student Nutrition Ontario

Student Nutrition Ontario LogoThe Student Nutrition Ontario - Southwest Region administers funding and provides program support to 480+ schools across Southwestern Ontario. All Grey Bruce schools participate under the title of OSNP Grey Bruce. Each school has a choice of a Healthy Snack Program, a Blended Program, and a Meal Program (Breakfast or Lunch). Click here to learn more about SNO program models.

Student nutrition programs are located in schools and rely on volunteers. Their commitment, dedication and support are essential to the ongoing operation and success student nutrition programs. Click here to learn more about volunteering at a school near you!

Contact the OSNP - Grey Bruce Coordinator

Bev Gateman

Ontario Student Nutrition Program, Grey-Bruce
c/o Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board
799-16th Avenue, Hanover, ON
N4N 3A1
Phone: 519-364-5820 ext. 257
Fax: 519-370-2932
Email: bev_gateman@bwdsb.on.ca

 

Nutrition Guidelines for Student Nutrition Programs

Ontario student nutrition programs provide nutritious breakfasts, morning meals, lunch and/or snacks to children and youth to support their learning and healthy development. To ensure nutritious food options, programs must follow the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) Student Nutrition Program Nutrition Guidelines (2016).

Ontario Dietitians in Public Health LogoThe Ontario Dietitians in Public Health have developed Raising the Bar for Your Student Nutrition Program online modules to help program coordinators, school staff, administrators, and volunteers understand and apply the required Nutrition Guidelines.

 

Resources

Recipes for Student Nutrition Programs

Bright Bites Rise and Shine Badge

Super Tasty Healthy Snack Ideas

Sip Smart Ontario Parent booklet

 

 

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