Food Programs in Halton
- Active Chefs – a not-for-profit organization that empowers children to make healthier lifestyle choices through experiential learning with healthy eating, cooking and active living.
- Halton Food for Thought – promotes the connection between healthy food choices and improved learning through the provision of breakfast, lunch or snacks at school or community-based sites.
- Edible Gardens – is aiming to provide every school in Halton with access to a food garden in which to grow eat and learn.
- Families are Munching – is designed to raise awareness for students from Grade One to Grade Eight about healthy eating with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables.
- Farm to School – increases the visibility of local farmers among school-age children & youth and provide schools with improved access to locally grown vegetables and fruit
- Halton Fresh Food Box – a not-for-profit community-based initiative that delivers high quality nutritious fresh fruit and vegetables at wholesale prices to neighbourhoods across Halton.
- Holy Cross Lutheran Church – provides a Food Box Program - Lakeshore and Walker’s Line, Burlington.
- Kerr Street Ministries - started as a food co-operative that expanded to be a Dream Centre housing a growing number of programs and services to help their most needy neighbours.
- Kids Culinary Community - a not-for-profit organization founded by chef and restaurateur Julia Hanna to educate children on the benefits of healthy eating by providing experiential learning programs.
- Food for Life Canada - collects surplus fresh food from grocery stores, restaurants and the corporate food sector in Halton Region. Our emphasis is on fresh food that we can deliver quickly to those in need. The food is delivered through various programs:
- ReFresh Foods - a food redistribution program that provides fresh, frozen and non - perishable food products to large social service agencies and local food banks
- Outreach Program - Food distribution to neighbourhoods in low income communities in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Acton and Georgetown.
- Social Services Agencies – weekly food deliveries to small social service agencies
- Community Kitchens - working to support existing and emerging community kitchens
- Growing and Sharing Food in Oakville – aims to increase the availability of locally harvested produce to the citizens of Halton and enhance the resilience of the local food system through the Halton Fruit Tree Project, a Garden Sharing project and establishing community gardens.
Halton Organizations & Networks
- Halton Federation of Agriculture – is a member the Ontario Federation of Agriculture that represents the voice of Ontario’s farm families.
- Healthy Communities Partnership Halton - is a place for Halton not-for-profit organizations, networks and community partners interested in chronic disease prevention to connect with each other.
- Halton Healthy Eating Network – connects Registered Dietitians who live or work in the Halton region who have an interest in promoting healthy eating for all ages in the Halton community.
- Halton Multicultural Council - a community agency dedicated to enabling every individual, regardless of race or ethnic origin, to participate as full and active members of the community through fostering mutual respect and understanding of one another.
- Halton Region
- Growing Good Food Videos - Halton - features local farmers in two videos that explore sustainability and the benefits of local food in the region.
- Planning & Sustainability – planning documents, public consultations for building a better Halton
- Simply Local – Your Guide to Halton Farms,A Guided Tour of Halton Farms - interactive map
- Halton Region Health Department
- Community Food Advisor Program - provides free presentations, displays, food demonstrations and information for groups of 10 or more people about a variety of healthy eating topics. For more information about the program, dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca
- Nutritious Food Basket for Halton - provides information on the cost of healthy eating in Halton and links to community resources
- Where to Get Food in Halton – a directory of food banks, food, meal and shopping programs in Halton
- Oakville Sustainable Food Partnership – not-for-profit, volunteer-run environmental organization with a mandate to support local eating and ecological farming in partnership with the community. Links to Go Local Oakville and Growing & Sharing Food in Halton.
Ontario Agriculture and Food Links
- Community Supported Agriculture – lists Ontario Community Supported Agriculture farms (also known as Community Shared Agriculture farms), their locations, contact information and websites.
- Farm & Food Care Ontario - represents the people who are passionate about food and farming in Ontario – caring for the land, the animals, and growing our food. It all starts at the farm, and ends up a critical staple – our food.
- FarmStart - aims to encourage and support a new generation of entrepreneurial, ecological farmers. We provide start-up farms, seed capital and flexible training and skills building opportunities as well important connections to peer, mentor and community networks.
- Farmers Markets Ontario – provides listing of Ontario farmer’s markets whereshoppers can buy top-quality farm-fresh products directly from the person who produced them.
- Foodland Ontario - a program of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and producers that promotes Ontario fresh and processed agricultural products with facts, recipes, tips and more.
- FoodNet Ontario - a province-wide network of organizations and individuals working together to create sustainable local food systems and achieve (community) food security in communities across Ontario.
- Harvest Ontario - one of the largest and most comprehensive sources for local including on-farm markets, pick-your-own, farmers’ markets, farmgate honey producers, local meats, wineries, craft breweries, fairs and much more.
- Local Food Plus - certifies farms and processors for environmentally and socially sustainable practices, makes connections throughout the supply chain, and helps buyers find Certified Local Sustainable food.
- Ontario Fresh - an online network and marketing service designed to help Ontario businesses buy and sell more local food.
- Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition - supports local and regional groups, coalitions and networks that are working on Healthy Community initiatives in Ontario.
- Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. - dedicated to enhancing the learning experiences of students by providing high quality, objective and curriculum-linked agriculture and food related learning materials and professional consultative service to Ontario educators.
- Ontario Culinary Tourism - a not for profit devoted to connecting taste-makers, sharing their stories & sparking delicious developments in culinary tourism.
- Ontario Edible Education Network – Across Ontario people are doing great work to connect children and youth with good food. The Ontario Edible Education Network, an initiative of Sustain Ontario, has been established to bring these groups together to share resources, ideas,and experience, to work together on advocacy, and to make it easier for people across Ontario to get children and youth eating, growing, cooking, celebrating, and learning about healthy, local and sustainably produced food.
- Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers - offers news and media updates and provides links to websites in order for users to find local Ontario fruits and vegetables in their area.
- Ontario Meat and Poultry - provides a product locator, which allows users to enter search terms and discover some of the best meat and poultry suppliers in Ontario.
- Ontario National Food Co-op - proactively brings to market natural, organic and local foods and products within a co-operative network.
- Organic Council of Ontario - advocates for policy, research and training to support a shift in Ontario towards sustaining and organic agriculture and to inform the public on the full value of organic agriculture.
- Nourishing Ontario - a research partnership building on two years of collaborative work to develop an inventory of community food initiatives in Ontario and identifying common facilitators and challenges, and assisting eight initiatives in strengthening their work.
- Savour Ontario - designed to promote the fresh, high quality foods of Ontario by assisting consumers in identifying Ontario foods on menu.
- Sustain Ontario - a province-wide, cross-sectoral alliance that promotes healthy food and farming. Visit the members section for help finding local organizations that support developing a food system that is healthy, ecological, equitable and financially viable.
Community Garden Programs
School Gardening Programs