About Food to Share

Food to ShareFood to Share began in 2015, with an Awesome PEC grant of $1,000 given to local Cherry Valley resident Glen Wallis.   Glen has enjoyed cooking since childhood and loves living in a farming community with a great abundance and variety of fresh local produce.  He also values living in a community where volunteerism and supporting the less fortunate within our community is important.

His concept is simple, take the bounty that is grown in what used to be the canning capital of Canada and produce prepared food that can be distributed through the food banks and other groups. The fresh produce would come from individuals who have gardens, farmers who have pledged to grow for the cause and local farms stands that have too much of a particular vegetable. The new Fresh for All initiative, which encourages people to grow an additional row of vegetables for food banks and similar groups, would be a source of some additional food as well.  This initiative attempts to bring attention to the fact that Prince Edward County ranks second for food insecurity in Ontario.

The fresh food would be collected for the cooking days that would be held at the different ward recreation hall kitchens and Church kitchens throughout the County. Some food would be received before the cooking days and would be cleaned, prepared and frozen for use on the cooking days. Volunteers would be used to collect the food used and take it to the central walk-in freezer facility.

Ideally, the majority of the food would be grown for harvest to coincide with the preparation days. Preparation days would be staggered between different venues so that the public would be able to choose a day to participate from a long list of dates.

This freshly prepared and healthy food would then be distributed through our local food banks.

Food to Share is looking for as many donations and as much sponsorship as possible. These include printing services, greenhouses to provide seedlings, seed suppliers, growers and farm stand owners, walk-in freezer space, web designers, and restaurants and cafés willing to donate storage containers and provide recipes and food science knowledge.

Would you like to help? We need people to help grow, collect and cook the food we will be producing. Contact us at foodtosharepec@gmail.com.

"In our bountiful County, everyone should have enough to eat."

How You Can Help

There are lots of ways YOU can help!

 

GROW

If you are a large farm grower and have vegetables and fruit to donate contact Glen Wallis at foodtosharepec@gmail.com. Glen will arrange pick-up or pickers. Food to Share can provide a tax receipt for large produce donations. If you have your own home garden and have excess:
  • email foodtosharepec@gmail.com for drop off information. If you have a large donation, pick-up can be arranged.
  • For frozen fruit and vegetable donations, the produce must be washed in County water, either municipal water in Picton or Wellington or from a cistern at a County hall.
  • All produce donations must be labeled with the date and your name

PICK

Help pick vegetables and fruit at local farm fields and orchards:
  • send an email to foodtosharepec@gmail.com and we’ll put your name on the email distribution list and we will email you when opportunities for picking come up.

COOK

Participate in cooking sessions and cook up fresh healthy meals for the Wellington and Picton food banks:
  • It takes about 4 hours to cook and pack fresh, healthy meals. Cooking sessions run weekly at commercial kitchens in the County.
  • If you are interested in cooking send an email to foodtosharepec@gmail we’ll put your name on the email distribution list and we will email you when there are cooking sessions. foodtosharepec@gmail

TEACH

Do you have cooking and teaching experience and would like to help out at one of our FREE Adult or Children cooking classes offered periodically?  

TEAM BUILDING

  • Are you and your company looking for a team building event or a way for your company to give back?
  • For a donation to Food to Share, your group can participate in a picking and cooking in a commercial kitchen with one of our many volunteer chefs - it’s a great team building experience for a very good cause.

DONATE

If you can make a financial donation: Financial donations can be made by contacting Glen Wallis at foodtosharepec@gmail.com

ATTEND our annual Fundraising Dinner

The 2018 dinner will be on Thursday, September 20th at the Crystal Palace in Picton. Contact susanwallis@kos.net to reserve your ticket.  Group bookings encouraged so get together a group of family and friends for this great event.

Fundraiser

Once a year Food to Share volunteers team up with a local chef to produce a wonderful evening of music, good local food, wine, and beer.  Dinner is served family-style on long tables to encourage conversation.  The evening does three things.  Raise awareness of food insecurity in our community,  raises money to continue our programs and lastly encourages others to join the Food to Share volunteer team.  The event is sold out way in advance.  So don't  miss buying your ticket for the 2019 event, join our mailing list by emailing foodtosharepec@gmail.com.    

2018 Fundraiser Dinner

 

Photo Credit:  Micheal Lindon

2017 Fundraiser Dinner

  Photo Credit : Johnny CY Lam  

Our Sponsors

Food to Share would not be possible without the support of so many people.

Awesome PEC
The County Foundation
Canada150
Prince Edward County
The Stark Foundation
The Athol Recreation Committee
Slow Food PEC
Miss Lily's Cafe
County Farm Centre
Mill Creek Farm
Laundry Farms
Picton Food Bank
Storehouse Food Bank
 

Contact

Contact us at foodtosharepec@gmail.com

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