Food Access Programs
Stonegate CHC's Food Program addresses food access and food security issues in the Stonegate community. The program supports the development, implementation and operation of a local community garden, a Good Food Box program, a Good Food Market, a seasonal Farmers’ Market, and school based Snack Program. Capacity building workshops around food issues are also organized throughout the year for community members to attend.
For more information about the Stonegate CHC Food Access Program, please contact: Julia Graham, Community Food Program Coordinator, at 416.231.7070 ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stonegate CHC supports a community garden at Bell Manor Park, home to almost fifty gardeners. The community garden gives local residents the chance to work their own small plot of land and grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers, in a safe and secure community setting. Gardeners keep their plots from year to year, but vacancies do come up.
If you are interested in obtaining a plot in the Bell Manor Community Garden, please contact 416.231.7070 ext. 229 to get your name on the waiting list as spaces are limited.
FoodFit Program: Better health, one step at a time
Starting in April, 2019, Stonegate CHC's dietitian will be running the FoodFit program. FoodFit is a free cooking program available to people of all ability levels. It is focused on building nutritional literacy and promoting healthy habits, while helping balance one's diet with tasty, affordable recipes. We work on increasing physical activity levels by focusing on daily walking as a form of easy and cost-free exercise.
FoodFit is a 12-week program, meeting once weekly to engage in a short discussion with light snacks, a bit of light physical activity that usually involves a short walk, and most important cooking a shared meal from scratch using fresh ingredients. A typical workshop lasts 3 hours, the bulk of which is spent in the cooking class (and eating!) portion.
- Learn how to cook a variety of cuisine styles using healthy recipes. Participants also receive a free cookbook.
- Learn the benefits of regular physical activity, with a focus on walking as a way to stay fit. Participants also receive a free pedometer.
- Learn about nutrition and health in general through weekly discussions on certain topics.
Length: 12 weeks
Contact: For more information or to register, please contact Stonegate CHC program registration at 416.231.7070 ext. 307.
Spaces are limited, so it is recommended to register now.
FoodFit has been developed by Community Food Centres Canada, and operates out of Stonegate Community Health Centre.
ESS Support Services Shopping Trips
Stonegate CHC has partnered with ESS Support Services to run a shuttle bus, for seniors and those with disability and mobility issues, every Thursday for grocery shopping to No Frills located at Queensway and Royal York. Participants are picked up and returned to their home. The cost of the bus is a donation to the Health Centre. For more information, please call 416.232.0700 ext. 229 to fill out the necessary forms to participate.
Listen to the story of the grocery bus or read this article to learn more about it.
Good Food Box
FoodShare's Good Food Boxes are delivered bi-weekly to the Stonegate Community Health Centre. They contain top-quality fruits and vegetables from local farmers and the Ontario Food Terminal. Each box has the same mixture of produce, though the contents change with each delivery depending on what is in season and reasonably priced at the time. For more information, please visit the following page.
Stonegate Farmers' Market
The Stonegate Farmers’ Market is a great place to shop for fresh, locally-grown food and meet your neighbours! The Market is a joint effort overseen by the Stonegate Food Access Committee and managed by Stonegate CHC, in an attempt to bring fresh, local produce into the community. For a closer look at the Market click here.
School Snack Program
The School Snack Program runs throughout the school year at two local schools: Etienne Brulé Junior School and St. Mark’s Catholic Elementary School. The program offers nutritious snacks along with an educational component from our Registered Dietitian to support healthy eating habits in children.
This program relies exclusively on donations. To make a donation to the snack program, please Donate Now.
Food Program Workshops
Throughout the year, the Food Access Program hosts a number of workshops around healthy eating and gardening. Community members are welcome to attend our garden workshops during the summer growing season facilitated by gardening experts. Workshops offer hands-on information sessions to help improve green thumb capabilities.
In the fall and winter months, our educational workshops turn to the kitchen, where individuals participate in healthy cooking demonstrations provided by our Registered Dietitian. In these sessions, participants learn new recipes and tips to help make fast, healthy and affordable meals.
Check out the Centre's calendar for upcoming events and workshops.
Stonegate Food Access Committee
The Stonegate Food Access Committee is made up of representatives from community organizations and active volunteers, including Stonegate CHC, Stonegate Community Ecumenical Ministry, and the local food bank at Christ Church St. James Humber Bay Anglican Church. The committee meets on a regular basis to strategize and discuss the implementation food based iniatives in the Stonegate community.