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.

(This is not an comprehensive list, but where FruitShare has donated to in the past).

Agency Hours Address/Contact
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.

705-725-1818

Women and Children’s Shelter Anytime Call for location

705-728-2544

David Busby Street Centre Mon-Fri 8 am – 4 pm 88 Mulcaster St

705-739-6916

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

705-728-3737

Redwood Park Communities Call to arrange

705-309-1229

Barrie Native Friendship Centre Business hours 175 Bayfield St

705-721-7689

While gleaning helps to redistribute food, we knew we had to do more to improve food security in Barrie. FruitShare has also planted four urban orchards, or “food forests”, with over 100 fruit trees planted. We have partnered with an arborist and a team of volunteers to maintain the trees for years to come. It is exciting to know that Barrie residents will have access to free, fresh food in public spaces for years to come!