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211 connects people to the right information and services, strengthen Canada’s health and human services, and helps Canadians become more engaged with their communities.

The following food resources can be accessed through 211:
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.

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.

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.

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.

Food for special dietary needs
Programs that provide vitamins and other nutrients.

Free / Low-cost meals
Community programs generally open to all, but focused on individuals who are on low incomes, homeless or unemployed.

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

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.

Infant formula / Baby food
Programs that provide baby food, usually in addition to other baby items and groceries.

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.

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.

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