When FruitShare started in 2013, the fruit was shared with the Barrie Food Bank. A that time, many residents were not aware that the Food Bank accepts and distributes fresh produce. As awareness of our program grew, farmers caught on. Thanks in part to FruitShare, the Food Bank starting receiving thousands of pounds of fresh produce from farmers. (The Food Bank has had a large walk-in fridge and freezer since 2011).
If you have extra food in your garden, here are some places you can bring it. These agencies share food with folks who have limited (or no) access to fresh food. These are also the places the Barrie Good Food Box shares with when kind people Pay It Forward.
|Barrie Food Bank||Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30 to 3:30
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 11:30am
|42 Anne Street South, Unit 2. Located off of Army Navy Air Force Drive, behind Pioneer Family Pools.
|Women and Children’s Shelter||Anytime||705-728-2544|
|David Busby Street Centre||Mon-Fri 8 am – 4 pm||88 Mulcaster St
|Busby Outreach Van||7 days a week 3:30 – 9:30 pm||1-877-845-0840|
|Salvation Army Bayside Mission||24/7 (Always a staff member at back Maple St).||16 Bayfield St
|Redwood Park Communities||Call to arrange
|Barrie Native Friendship Centre||Business hours||175 Bayfield St
FruitShare has also planted over 100 fruit trees and shrubs as part of Barrie’s “food forest”. In a few years when the trees mature, the fruit will be free for the taking. If you would like to volunteer with the Food Forest Stewardship Team, sign up here.