ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS
Our purpose will be achieved by five core programs.
This market makes fresh food more accessible to those living on low incomes. When people shop
for fruits and vegetables at the affordable produce market, their money goes a lot further and residents
can head home with loads of fresh ingredients to prepare healthy meals. The low-cost market and pantry offers fresh foods including vegetables, fruits, and
unprocessed meats at wholesale prices, along with canned and other non-perishable food.
Open every Saturday from 10:00am - 1:00pm
GROW Market is for individuals and families meeting the low-income cut off (LICO - see chart below). Please bring proof of income to obtain a membership card to the market. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the centre.
MASK POLICY: GROW has a mandatory mask policy for all people entering the facility. If members are unable to wear a mask, volunteers can shop on their behalf. As a community led and funded organization, we strive to foster an atmosphere of cooperation and inclusion. Policies regarding masking will be made at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors and will be based on best practices as recommended by Public Health.
COOKING & FOOD SKILLS Programs
Food skills programs provide people with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to grow, cook, preserve and choose healthy food for themselves and their families.
Cooking programs help community members improve confidence and increase enjoyment in preparing nutritious and delicious food.
Through hands-on experience and the support of a community, people are empowered to take control of their health and nutrition and make lasting, sustainable changes to their food literacy.
1. Baby and Toddler Food Literacy
3. Community Kitchen
4. Budget Kitchen
5. Cooking as a Family
6. Food Preservation / Canning
8. Blind / Low Vision Cooking
9. Food and Mental Health (Anxiety and Food Issues)
10. Cooking for Critical Illness Survivors
Farm to Table Programs
Farm to Table programs provide people with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to grow and choose
healthy food for themselves and their families.
Our farm garden provides a great source of fresh, healthy produce for our community meals and for our market and pantry. It also has many other benefits, including health, education, environmental, cultural and community-building.
Community Meals provide opportunities for people to gather in a welcoming space for a free, healthy, and delicious meal prepared by a chef and served right to the table.
Community meals provide a chance to get together with friends, and make new ones. These meals reduce the barriers many community members experience to accessing good, healthy food for themselves and their families.
1. Thursday Night Dinner
2. Community Lunch (Wednesday)
3. Saturday Brunch
4. Heroes’ Lunch (1 st Tuesday) Specifically but not limited to veterans / first responders
SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY & EDUCATION PROGRAM
Advocacy and Education programs support people to get involved in the issues that matter to them and equip them with the tools they need to take action.
They support people in building the skills they need to become advocates for themselves and for their communities, and highlight opportunities for them to lead in the push for social change.
GROW is planning to offer the following programs:
1. Advocacy program
2. School Outreach Program in combination with Food Literacy Skills in the Kitchen