Food Affordability


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Food Affordability and Food Insecurity

Food affordability affects food choices and food security. Whether food is affordable is more than the cost of food; it depends on our household expenses and income. Food Insecure households have inadequate or unreliable access to food because of financial constraints. Food insecurity affects our social, physical, and mental health and wellbeing in ways that can’t be explained by poor diet alone.

Because food insecurity is about more than food and nutrition, it cannot be solved by food charity. Food insecurity is a very sensitive indicator of poverty, and must be addressed by effective poverty responses. There are many potential responses that can reduce food insecurity in Grey Bruce including affordable housing and living wage policies, and affordable access to transportation.


Food Insecurity in Grey Bruce

Food Insecurity



Food Charity

For many years food banks in Canada have acted as a bandage by providing food to Canadians in need. However, 4 million Canadians remain food insecure despite the wide network of food banks, community kitchens, and other food charities. In Grey Bruce, this means that 11% of households are affected. Looking to the future, solutions that address the root causes of food insecurity are needed. 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.


Locate a Food Bank

Providing a limited supply of food to Grey Bruce residents in need is the primary role of local food banks. To find out more about your local food bank and other food security programs visit the website for the Feed Ontario or or calling 211.

Feed Ontario

211 Ontario



Grey Bruce Food Bank Toolkit

Grey Bruce Food Bank Toolkit

The Grey Bruce Food Bank Toolkit has been developed to support positive local food environments. This resource provides tips, tools and public health support for food banks and community food programs. For more information please contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit phone: 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 and choose option # 4.



Healthy Food Donation Guidelines

Those who wish to donate to local food charities can use our two page Healthy Food Donation Guidelines, providing healthy ideas for food donations.



Safely Donating Food

Surplus Food Diversion Guidelines (GBHU)

  1. Establish and maintain safe food handling protocols, many facilities and institutions have these in place if they are permitted food facility
  2. Train all food handlers on proper food safety practices. For Food Safety Certification Courses visit the Grey Bruce Health Unit website under Food Safety
  3. There are specific guidelines for Child Nutrition Programs and Volunteers
  4. Ensure food handlers wash their hands properly and frequently
  5. Do not allow food handlers to work when ill. Open sores must be covered
  6. Maintain proper food temperatures. If cooling food, ensure food fully cools prior to donation
  7. Determine safe packaging, storage, and labeling requirements - Food safety on specific food types
  8. Establish pick-up/drop-off and transportation methods
  9. If donating regularly, utilize a log sheet for tracking food donations including food product name, amount, and temperature
  10. Consider diverting the food to personal composting system or use municipal composting facilities if you can’t donate it. Contact your municipality to see if they offer compost or organics recycling services. If you would like to find recycling and waste management information for your specific area, you can refer to Stewardship Ontario for a listing of municipal Blue Box programs.  The site contains links to each municipality and information on what can be recycled



Second Harvest Food Rescue

Second Harvest

Businesses that generously donate surplus food to Second Harvest improve their environmental impact while helping feed people in need.

Second Harvest manages the logistics of transport and redistribution of all surplus food, either by picking up or through  Depending on volume and location, Second Harvest provides regular, pick-up or drop-off opportunities. is the conduit making donations in communities across Ontario.

In considering risk, everyone is protected by provincial legislation, such as Ontario’s Donation of Food Act, 1994, when food is donated in good faith.

For large surplus food volumes download the Food Donor Package, or go to to learn more about food rescue in your own community.

Food Waste in Canada



Ontario Resources

Resources for Educators: Just Eat It – For Educators

Curriculum for Schools: Ontario Eco Schools Waste Minimization Resources

A Guide to Waste Audits and Waste Reduction Work Plans for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Sectors

Community Food Program Donation Tax Credit for Farmers

Guelph Food Waste Research Projects

Recycling Council of Ontario

Sustain Ontario

York Region – Good Food


National Resources

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity

Greenhouse gas calculator for waste management

Love Food Hate Waste Canada

NZWC - Food Waste

North American Initiative on Food Waste and Organic Waste

Provision Coalition

Second Harvest

Waste Reduction Week Canada October 21-27, 2019 (Food Waste Day October 25, 2019)



Grey Bruce Food Asset Map

Bruce Grey Food Asset Map

The Bruce Grey Food Assets Map has been developed by Grey County GIS to better understand our local food system. Scroll down to find the food insecurity asset map that has been developed in partnership with the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force. You can use the map to find the businesses, charitable programs, and community organizations including meal programs, food banks, food education and affordable food boxes.

A search on "Food Security Action Group" in the main map search bar will reveal partners that are involved in local conversations and actions on food insecurity.

Can’t find your program, business, or organization? Create or edit your own listing, don’t forget to add the “Food Security Action Group” as an affiliate if you’re working on responses to local food insecurity.



The Bruce Grey Food Charter

A food charter is a statement of values and principles to guide a community’s food policy. All community members have been invited to participate in the Charter`s creation since we are all stakeholders in the production, processing, consumption, and disposal of food. Community leaders can use a charter to define the food, water, and agriculture goals for Bruce Grey and guide decision-making.

Bruce Grey Food Charter

The Charter is a commitment to work together to build a vibrant, sustainable, food secure community. With community participation, a sustainable local food system will prioritize health, social justice, education, economic development, the environment, and culture. The Bruce Grey Food Charter.



We would like to invite all community members and organizations to endorse the Charter. Please review the Bruce Grey Food Charter and complete the endorsement form. Please consider while reading the charter how you or your organization could support the advancement of the Charter’s values in our community.


Please send completed forms to:

Jill Umbach

Planning Network Coordinator, Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force

c/o United Way of Bruce Grey

380 9th Street East, Owen Sound, ON, N4K 1P1



The Bruce Grey Food Charter has been presented by the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force and The Trillium Foundation.



Budget Friendly Information Sheets and Recipes

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