Food

Cooking classes and facilities

Programs that provide kitchen facilities that individuals, groups or organizations can use to prepare and serve food. Includes programs that teach people how to prepare nutritious and affordable meals.

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Food access for seniors/people with disabilities

Variety of programs that support the capacity of older adults and adults with disabilities to maintain healthy eating habits, including social dining, meal delivery, assistance for grocery shopping and in home meal preparation.

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Food banks and referrals

Programs that distribute free groceries or vouchers to eligible individuals and families on low incomes. Typically operate one or two days a week, and serve only those residing within specific geographic boundaries. Includes organizations referring the general public to these programs.

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Food delivery

Food banks and grocery stores that deliver food to people who are homebound. Includes programs that deliver boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis to individuals who enroll in the service.

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Food for special dietary needs

Programs that provide vitamins and other nutrients.

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Free / Low-cost meals

Community programs generally open to all, but focused on individuals who are on low incomes, homeless or unemployed.

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Grocery stores, fresh food and producers

Programs where the public can buy fresh food products, including grocery stores and cooperatives, farmers markets and farms.

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Grow / Pick your own food

Programs that support members of the public to produce their own fruits and vegetables by giving access to community gardens, providing tools and advice on gardening, or by organizing trips to pick fresh produce directly from local farms.

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Infant formula / Baby food

Programs that provide baby food, usually in addition to other baby items and groceries.

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Non-profit catering services and eating establishments

Social enterprises providing meals and catering services. Some operate with the mandate of providing training or working experience to groups facing employment barriers.

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Other food security initiatives

Organizations that advocate or run programs to increase food security in their local community, including food coalitions, food rescue programs, foundations, and other agencies/services generally involved in poverty and hunger reduction.

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School meal programs

Programs that provide free or low-cost meals or snacks to school children.

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