The Good Food Project increases access to healthy and wholesome meals, available to anyone in the Whitchurch-Stouffville community who needs them. No questions asked.
The Good Food Project aims to alleviate food insecurity and food stress within the community. Run entirely by volunteers, the project prepares meals twice a month, which are then frozen and distributed to Community Hubs. Anyone in need of a meal is able to access one from the WS Foodbank and the Hummingbird Hub. We do not ask questions, we are not here to judge as food insecurity looks different for everyone.
The idea of the Good Food Project sparked when long time resident, Emma Wood, learned about a growing homeless population in her hometown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emma has spent her academic career focusing on food insecurity and community development and recognized a need for an additional source of emergency food within her community. The plan for the Good Food Project was developed through an independent study course, which Emma took as part of her Food Security Certificate program with Ryerson University.
The Good Food Project officially launched on July 19th, 2021. Emma, now accompanied by a team of 20 passionate and dedicated volunteers, is increasing access to nutritious meals for our neighbours in the community.
The Good Food Project is a community-driven food security initiative that aims to alleviate food stress within the community by providing access to nutritious meals. Meals are individually packaged and frozen, meant to be reheated when needed. The Good Food Project aims to address food insecurity within the community by increasing the access to and availability of food services.
Food insecurity is a large societal problem, and increasing access to nutritious meals will only alleviate food insecurity for a moment. The Good Food Project aims to educate the community on the systemic causes of food insecurity and advocate for systematic change. Resources will soon be available.
How can you help?
We are so happy you want to get involved with the Good Food Project. We are working away at preparing new opportunities to volunteer and will have these opportunities available in November. Currently, we are not accepting new volunteers. We apologize for this but encourage you to check back in November. Thank you for understanding.
Advocacy and Content Creator
Time Commitment: Two to four hours weekly
Work closely with the Social Media Manager to develop content for media platforms
Create content to advocate for the root causes of food insecurity, such as unaffordable housing, unaffordable childcare, income insecurity, insufficient transportation systems, etc.
Prepare statements for major issues and events, such as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day.
Prepare content about Food Insecurity, highlighting facts and key issues.
Prior knowledge of food insecurity and its root causes is necessary.
Time Commitment: Two to four hours weekly
Connect and create relationships with local groups, such as non-profit organizations, faith groups, and community groups.
Seek opportunities for collaboration and partnerships within the community.
Act as a liaison between the community and the Good Food Project
Seek opportunities for the Good Food Project to participate in local events.
Must attend one cooking night per month.
A series of articles, writings, and journals that revolve around the essence of the Good Food Project. It may be collections from external sources or authored by our own folks at GFP.
What's "not" cooking around us? 
Line and Prep Cook
Time Commitment: Once a month from 3pm to 7pm on Mondays.
Perform routine kitchen tasks
Follow the prep list created to plan duties
Prepare ingredients by washing and chopping vegetables, cutting meat and any other meal preparation
Set up workstations
Control and minimize waste
Maintain a clean and orderly kitchen
Ensure that all food and other items are stored properly
Perform other kitchen duties as assigned
Comply with safety regulations and procedures
Knowledge of health and safety rules in the kitchen
Intermediate basic cooking techniques
Attention to details and cleanliness
Able to read and follow recipes
Able to work independently and with others
Thank you for wanting to connect to learn more about the Good Food Project. Our team will be in touch in 3-5 days!
Need a meal?
If you or someone you know is in need of a meal, please access one from either distribution hub. We recommend calling ahead to check availability. A meal can be picked up on your behalf if you are unable to access either distribution hub.
Thank you for supporting your community, keeping our neighbours fuelled and ready to tackle the day!
There are two ways to donate:
Donations can be made online through the portal.
Donate by cheque. Cheques must be made out to Blue Door c/o The Good Food Project and can be mailed or dropped off at: Blue Door, 18838 Highway 11, East Gwillimbury, ON, L9N 0C5.
The Good Food Project is partnered with Blue Door, which supports the growth of our organization.
Blue Door was founded in 1982 and is the largest emergency housing provider in York Region. Blue Door provides lifesaving support to children, youth, men, women, and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness. To learn more about this organization, please visit their website here --> https://bluedoor.ca/