Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore

Food Inventory of Leeds, Grenville & Lanark

Food Inventories Growing & Gathering Food Preparing & Eating Food Buying Food Help For Getting Food Preserving Our Future

What is a Food Inventory?

The food inventory is a list of the food and nutrition-related programs, organizations and businesses in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. It includes all stages of the local food system, and addresses all visions of the Food Charter.

Growing & Gathering Food

Growing & Gathering Food

Find links to community gardens, agriculture-related groups and businesses, seed exchange programs, gleaning projects, and resources and tools that provide supports for farming, growing food or gardening. Also included are community groups or individuals who grow food to donate.

  • Community Gardens
    Community gardens are shared garden plots that are typically divided into smaller subplots. Members of the community work together to grow their own vegetables, fruits, and flowers. These gardens are run by different community groups and may be found at non-profit housing complexes, municipal buildings, youth centers, schools, community health centers, and a variety of other locations.

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings
  • Community members can come together to grow, cook, share and enjoy food

Food Charter Statement

  • Farmers and future farmers have access to land, education, mentoring, training and equipment

Food Charter Statement

  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings
  • Community members can come together to grow, cook, share and enjoy food

Food Charter Statement

  • Farmers and future farmers have access to land, education, mentoring, training and equipment
  • Educational opportunities are supported within the community for all ages to learn how to grow, purchase, cook and preserve healthy foods
  • Farmers, growers, consumers, community organizations, businesses, institutions and local governments work together to create a food system that promotes community resilience
  • Gleaning
    Gleaning is when food that wouldn't normally be eaten is harvested. This may include untended fruit on trees, food leftover in fields, or foods that would be thrown away because of appearance.

Food Charter Statement

  • The production, processing, storage and distribution of locally-produced foods are prioritized
  • Food waste is reduced and /or reused

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • Healthy food is available wherever people live, work, learn and play

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Preparing & Eating Food

Preparing & Eating Food

In this category, you will find links to programs that help build knowledge and skills for preparing food, locations to make food, and links for food preservation and storage (e.g., community kitchens, cooking classes, kitchen facilities to rent, Two Rivers Food Hub). Also included in this category are programs that involve eating food such as low/no cost meals, events that celebrate local food, Student Nutrition Programs and other food related programs in schools. Registered Dietitian Services, nutrition programs and grocery store tours are also listed here.

  • Community Kitchens
    A community kitchen is a public space where community members work together to prepare and eat meals. These kitchens allow for the sharing of food skills, social opportunities, and lowered meal costs. Community kitchens often bring together people with shared cooking needs (e.g., cooking for one, cooking for children, or cooking on a budget).

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings
  • Community members can come together to grow, cook, share and enjoy food

Food Charter Statement

  • Educational opportunities are supported within the community for all ages to learn how to grow, purchase, cook and preserve healthy foods
  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings

Food Charter Statement

  • Educational opportunities are supported within the community for all ages to learn how to grow, purchase, cook and preserve healthy foods
  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • Healthy food is available wherever people live, work, learn and play

Food Charter Statement

  • Community members can come together to grow, cook, share and enjoy food
  • Registered Dietitian Services & Nutrition Programs
    Registered Dietitians can provide services to individuals or groups. Usually housed at a health unit, family health team or community health center, these programs are designed to instruct and build skills related to healthy eating, workplace and school nutrition, and nutrition for certain conditions (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol) or life stages (e.g., prenatal, infants, seniors). Nutrition programs also provide information on a wide variety of topics, but are not conducted by a Registered Dietitian. They may be held at a youth center, Ontario Early Years Centre, or by a wellness association.

Food Charter Statement

  • People understand the connections between food choices, our environment and health
  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • Community members can come together to grow, cook, share and enjoy food
  • Community Meals
    Community Meal programs provide individuals and families with a hot and nutritious meal free-of-charge. Everyone is welcome to attend these meals.

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • Community members can come together to grow, cook, share and enjoy food

Food Charter Statement

  • Community members can come together to grow, cook, share and enjoy food
  • We celebrate the historical, cultural and spiritual importance of food
  • Healthy food is available wherever people live, work, learn and play
  • Food Processing & Storage
    This category includes both education on and facilities for processing, preserving and storing food. Also included are local food processors that use raw ingredients to make their own foods and food products, which are then sold at various retail outlets.

Food Charter Statement

  • The production, processing, storage and distribution of locally-produced foods are prioritized
  • More food is produced and consumed locally, thereby reducing transportation over long distances
  • Educational opportunities are supported within the community for all ages to learn how to grow, purchase, cook and preserve healthy foods

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food

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Buying Food

Buying Food

There are many ways and places that food (local and non-local) can be bought. This category lists farmers’ markets, farm gate/on-farm sales, community shared agriculture programs, Good Food Box programs, grocery stores, buying clubs that purchase local foods, local food distributors, as well as restaurants, cafes and bakeries that use local foods.

Food Charter Statement

  • Farmers, growers, producers and all food workers have adequate incomes and safe work environments
  • The production, processing, storage and distribution of locally-produced foods are prioritized
  • More food is produced and consumed locally, thereby reducing transportation over long distances
  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings
  • More food is produced, processed, stored and consumed locally, thereby creating jobs and stimulating the economy

Food Charter Statement

  • Farmers, growers, producers and all food workers have adequate incomes and safe work environments
  • The production, processing, storage and distribution of locally-produced foods are prioritized
  • More food is produced and consumed locally, thereby reducing transportation over long distances
  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings
  • More food is produced, processed, stored and consumed locally, thereby creating jobs and stimulating the economy

Food Charter Statement

  • Farmers, growers, producers and all food workers have adequate incomes and safe work environments
  • The production, processing, storage and distribution of locally-produced foods are prioritized
  • More food is produced and consumed locally, thereby reducing transportation over long distances
  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings
  • More food is produced, processed, stored and consumed locally, thereby creating jobs and stimulating the economy

Food Charter Statement

  • Farmers, growers, producers and all food workers have adequate incomes and safe work environments
  • The production, processing, storage and distribution of locally-produced foods are prioritized
  • More food is produced and consumed locally, thereby reducing transportation over long distances
  • More food is produced, processed, stored and consumed locally, thereby creating jobs and stimulating the economy

Food Charter Statement

  • Farmers, growers, producers and all food workers have adequate incomes and safe work environments
  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings
  • Good Food Box
    Good Food Box programs deliver a wide variety of healthy and local foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to participants at a fair price. These programs are run similar to buying clubs in which buying and coordination is centralized, and individuals pre-order their box and desired size.

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • Farmers, growers, producers and all food workers have adequate incomes and safe work environments
  • The production, processing, storage and distribution of locally-produced foods are prioritized
  • More food is produced and consumed locally, thereby reducing transportation over long distances
  • There are increased opportunities to buy, grow or otherwise obtain healthy foods in rural and urban settings
  • More food is produced, processed, stored and consumed locally, thereby creating jobs and stimulating the economy
  • Buying Club
    Buying clubs are made up of individuals, organizations or businesses that purchase food in bulk quantities directly from the wholesaler. This process allows members to save on purchasing costs. Buying clubs in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties that buy local foods are listed here.

Food Charter Statement

  • More food is produced and consumed locally, thereby reducing transportation over long distances
  • More food is produced, processed, stored and consumed locally, thereby creating jobs and stimulating the economy
  • Food Distribution
    Food distribution is when food is transported from one location to another, such as from a warehouse or manufacturer to a retailer. This category includes local businesses that deliver food to local retailers.

Food Charter Statement

  • The production, processing, storage and distribution of locally-produced foods are prioritized
  • More food is produced and consumed locally, thereby reducing transportation over long distances

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Help for Getting Food

Help for Getting Food

This category includes groups and programs that help make food more affordable and accessible, like food banks and community meal programs. Also listed are groups that help people physically get food by delivering it to them or transporting them to meals.

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • Healthy food is available wherever people live, work, learn and play
  • Transportation to Meals
    Transportation Services are community-run initiatives that help individuals with mobility limitations attend social events, including food-based events.

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • Meals on Wheels
    Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver nutritious meals at an affordable price to individuals who are unable to grocery shop and/or cook.

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • Healthy food is available wherever people live, work, learn and play
  • Community Meals
    Community Meal programs provide individuals and families with a free, hot and nutritious meal. Everyone is welcome to attend these meals.

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • Community members can come together to grow, cook, share and enjoy food

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food
  • Food Vouchers
    This category lists programs that give out food vouchers or coupons. These coupons may be redeemable at specific locations, and for any food types. An application may be required to obtain a voucher.

Food Charter Statement

  • Everyone has access to, and can afford, safe, healthy, personally-acceptable food

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Preserving Our Future

Sustaining Our Future

This category includes groups that strive to improve and protect the environment. This includes any groups that focus on protecting and promoting land, water, animals, forestry.

  • Environmental Groups
    These groups work with communities to preserve, protect, promote and conserve land, bodies of water, animals, forestry, etc. Efforts may focus on a specific region such as the Rideau Canal, or they might address environmental sustainability in general.

Food Charter Statement

  • Agriculture, land and natural environments are valued, protected and enhanced
  • People understand the connections between food choices, our environment and health
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity are valued, protected and enhanced
  • Surface and underground water resources are safe, accessible and protected
  • Farmers, growers, producers, processors and retailers use practices that maintain or enhance the environment
  • Food waste is reduced and /or reused
  • Composting
    Composting is when organic waste breaks down naturally into a nutrient-rich soil, or compost. This nutrient-rich compost soil can then be used to fertilize gardens, agriculture and horticulture. This category includes services, products and resources related to composting.

Food Charter Statement

  • Ecosystems and biodiversity are valued, protected and enhanced
  • Farmers, growers, producers, processors and retailers use practices that maintain or enhance the environment (e.g. soil, air and water)
  • Food waste is reduced and /or reused (e.g. composting)

Endorse the Food Charter

Everyone has the right to food. Everyone in our community should have the means to obtain healthy food and safe water. We believe farmers, growers, producers, individuals, community organizations, businesses, institutions and local governments should work together to create and support a strong and healthy food system for all.

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