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).
|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||Call for location
|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
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!