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Our Programs

Orangeville Food Runs Several Programs

We strive to ensure that no one goes hungry in our community.

To work towards this goal, Orangeville Food Bank has initiated several programs.

 

These programs include our Monthly Seniors Markets, our Food Delivery Program, our Neighbours Community Markets, as well as the associated Produce Box program, and our popular Community Vending Machine Program. We also run a Community Gardens Program, and a Community Kitchen Program.

Monthly Seniors Market

MAKE ORANGEVILLE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US!

Seniors’ markets consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and milk delivered directly to the homes of over 60 seniors in Dufferin County senior's housing at no cost to the seniors. This program has been in operation since 2018 growing from one market to three.

Food Delivery Program

MAKE ORANGEVILLE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US!

Delivery is provided to those with mobility issues who cannot physically access the food bank. It was initially introduced as a response to Covid to allow people to quarantine when needed and keep seniors and those that were immunocompromised safe at home, and now has developed into a program that serves those with mobility issues, as well as those without access to transit.

Neighbours Community Market

MAKE ORANGEVILLE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US!

Neighbours Community Market is a sliding-scale weekly produce market that strives to make fresh food more accessible to community members. Fresh produce is priced on a sliding scale with the reduced end being approximately 50% below market value to the other end with grocery store prices. By paying retail prices community members pay it forward to support those in need and make access to nutritious foods accessible to all. 

Produce Box Program

MAKE ORANGEVILLE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US!

Can't Make it to our Market? Shop at our online store!

Each Week, we offer a pre-packed box of fresh

produce offered at our standard three prices:

Full Retail, 30% off, or 50% off.

How does it work?

Go to our market webpage, either by typing this

into the address bar of your browser:

neighbours-community-market.square.site

OR

Take a photo of this SQ code:

 

Purchase the box with the price that works for you

then choose a convenient pickup address

(Shelburne, Grand Valley, or Orangeville)

 Pickup Locations:

   - Shelburne Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex: Wednesdays, 3 pm - 6:30 pm

   - Grand Valley Public Library: Thursdays, 2 pm - 5:30 pm

   - Orangeville Food Bank: Wednesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 

Join us at the Neighbours Community Market, where affordability meets freshness,

and community support is always on the menu! See you there!  #FreshForAll #CommunityMarketJoy

Community Vending Machine

MAKE ORANGEVILLE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US!

In 2023 It is our goal to bring food to people. By introducing the vending machine; people can purchase lunch and snack options created by our chef and volunteers at only 25¢ per item, making it accessible for all community members. This machine is temporarily located at Town Hall. Over 437 meals and snacks were made last year for the vending machine.

Community Garden

MAKE ORANGEVILLE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US!

Neighbours Community Market is a sliding-scale weekly produce market that strives to make fresh food more accessible to community members. Fresh produce is priced on a sliding scale with the reduced end being approximately 50% below market value to the other end with grocery store prices. By paying retail prices community members pay it forward to support those in need and make access to nutritious foods accessible to all. 

Community Kitchen

MAKE ORANGEVILLE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US!

Chef Mark joined the OFB team in August of 2022. He creates meals with excess products found at the food bank. He is also able to make purchases for fresh produce, seasonings, cooking fats etc... Last year over 1,400 meals were prepared!

 

 Each year we host between 8 and 12 workshops. Chef Mark organizes and facilitates most of them in our kitchen.

Our Most Needed Items

Stick of Wheat

NOTE: Please advise us if any of your donated items are frozen or require refrigeration 

Non-Perishables

  • Sidekicks Pasta

  • Toilet Paper

  • Crackers

  • Dry Soup

  • Canned Meats/Canned Salmon

  • Cookies

  • Pudding and Fruit Cups

Not Accepted

  • Goods with alcohol

  • Homemade Goods

  • Outdated or Damaged Cans or Food

  • Medicines/Medical supplies

  • Partially Open Items

  • Clothing/Shoes/Toys/Household items

All Year

  • Financial donations

We can use our buying power to make your generous cash donation go the extra mile!

Perishables

  • Fruits (apples, oranges, pears, bananas, any seasonal fruits)
  • Vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, any seasonal vegetables)

  • Dairy (Milk, eggs, butter, margarine, cheese, and yogurt)

  • Proteins (Meat, including Halal)

Also Needed

  • Condiments

  • Large Juice/Juice Boxes

  • School friendly granola bars

  • Dish Soap

  • Peanut Butter

  • Tampons

  • Shampoo

  • Sugar

Not Needed Right Now

  • Dry Pasta

  • Baby Food

  • Canned Soup

Food Of The Month

Promoting a specific food of the month is a good way to help you plan. You can buy the "Food of the Month" at local grocery stores.  Thanks to Sobeys, Metro, Zehrs, FreshCo, No Frills and Walmart for all the support you give to the community.

Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruit
Baked Beans
Canned Pasta and stews

January

February

March

April

Canned Vegetables

Canned Fruit

Baked Beans

Canned Pasta & Stews

Canned Soup
Pasta Sauce
Juice
Peanut Butter

May

June

July

August

Canned Soup

Pasta Sauce

Juice

Peanut Butter

Canned ham and meat
Juice boxes and peanut free snacks
Cereal and oatmeal
baby food

September

October

November

December

Canned Meat

Juice Boxes & Peanut Free Snacks

Cereal & Oatmeal

Baby Food

Orangeville Food Bank Volunteers holding up thank you sign
Chicken noodle soup
Food on shelves in warehouse
Canned vegetables on shelf

Food Sourcing: Perishable And Non-Perishable Items

Thanks to ongoing Community run fundraisers and the generosity of our donors, we manage to keep our shelves stocked. Supplies begin to dwindle around late spring and early summer and when supplies are low with our standard items we turn to the cash donated to purchase healthy food items.

We source perishable foods from our community partners as well. We pick up breads, meats, prepared meals and other perishable items from all our local grocery stores on a weekly basis. We currently harvest from our 50′ x 50′ community garden at Edelbrock Centre. The garden is seeded, cared for and harvested by our volunteers to bring in even more fresh produce when in season. We are also supported by donors who have surplus produce from their personal gardens.

With donated funds we purchase foods for our Kid’s Zone, an area where families can access extra foods for their children. This area includes: cheese sticks, yogurt, carrot sticks, oranges, apples, etc.

Every client is entitled to milk, eggs, potatoes, carrots, onions, apples, bread, and frozen perishables. Our focus is to provide as many healthy food choices as we are able. We recently invested in a walk-in fridge and freezer in order to accommodate as many perishable donations as we are offered so that we might double the amount of healthy food available to clients.

We joined the Ontario Association of Food Banks, now Feed Ontario, in June 1994, and by association we became a member of Food Banks Canada (FBC). Being an Feed Ontario member gives us access to food sources we normally wouldn’t have. We are also members of the Waterloo Food Distribution System and benefit from monthly deliveries of perishable foods including frozen proteins and vegetables. From our association with Feed Ontario and Food Banks Canada, we benefit from egg and milk program support as well as annual chicken, beef and turkey programs.

Receive, Sort, Shelve
And Repeat.

Donations arrive throughout the week and are carefully inspected, sorted and moved out to the shelves. Dedicated volunteers work to ensure our clients receive the best of what we have to offer.

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