Community Food Programs
Public Health is committed to helping the people of Grey Bruce to access safe and nutritious food through community programs. The following is a list of some of the community food programs currently in operation throughout Grey and Bruce counties. You can find these and other programs by calling or visiting 211.ca.
Find a Food Security Support Near You!
The Bruce Grey Food Assets Map has been developed through partnership with Grey County and the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force to better understand our local food system. You can use the map to find the businesses, charitable programs, and community organizations that are involved in improving access to food for all in our communities.
Food Banks in Grey Bruce
To find a food bank near you call or visit 211.ca
Providing healthy, safe foods to Grey Bruce residents in need is the primary role of local food banks. The Grey Bruce Food Bank Toolkit has been developed to support that goal. Those who wish to donate to local food charities can use our Healthy Food Donation Guidelines to help make healthier choices.
For many years food banks in Canada have filled an important role in providing food to Canadians in need. Looking to the future, population health evidence demands that sustainable solutions for the root causes of food insecurity are found. The OSNPPH Food Insecurity Position Paper demonstrates why food charities like food banks cannot be the only efforts to achieve food security. If you have an interest in being involved in local food security efforts, please connect with the Food Security Action Group of the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force.
Healthy Food Donation Guidelines
The Grey Bruce Good Food Box Program
The Good Food Box program makes purchasing vegetables and fruit easy and affordable for everyone in the community. It is operated by more than 18 local coordinators and 150 volunteers
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 10-15 different types of fresh fruits and vegetables each month. The produce included will vary by season.
The box costs $15.00 - $20.00 each month. Some sites do smaller boxes for less. Payment is required before pick up date. Subsidy is available for eligible participants. Speak to your local coordinator from more information.
Many sites include helpful recipes and program notices in each Good Food Box. View the Good Food Box Newsletter Templates for recipes and food facts.
Ontario Student Nutrition Program - Grey Bruce (OSNP - Grey Bruce)
OSNP - Grey Bruce is our local student nutrition program. It is dedicated to supporting child nutrition programs in all schools in Grey and Bruce counties.
- Helps to nourish children by serving over 8500 children each day.
- Serves over 500,000 breakfasts, lunches and snacks every school year.
- Supports the work of over 70 local coordinators and their 300 community volunteers.
- Provides nutrition education resources to children, parents and schools.
- Supports research on the link between nutrition and learning.
- Partners with corporations, foundations, various levels of government and other community based organizations to ensure that all children in Grey and Bruce attend school well nourished and ready to learn.
- OSNP - Grey Bruce doesn't just feed kids - it nourishes communities!