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.

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 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

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.