Here we are compiling a list of local food resources. If you have one you think would be good for this list, please email email@example.com
FGCA Food Security Programs
The Fairfield Gonzales Community Association has developed several new Food Security programs to help individuals and families get good food on the table in these challenging times.
Having access to good food is a basic right. We are committed to meeting your immediate needs with healthy, nutritious food. Our team will welcome you without judgement or intrusive questions, trusting that if you contact us, it is because you need this support right now.
Email Virginie at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our Food Security Programs and to sign up for the ones that suit your needs:
- Grocery Gift card: a $50 gift card to Thrifty Foods. Available weekly.
- Farm Produce: local Halliburton Farm provides fresh produce to folks in need (program is currently full)
- Food Rescue: surplus frozen food from grocery distributors (berries, french fries, veggies etc) that is soon to expire, usually about a month left till expiry date. Available for pick up every Tuesday afternoon
- Community Dinners: home-cooked and healthy meals for every member of your household, Available for delivery every second Friday evening. To know right away when we are accepting requests for the next community dinner, sign up to receive our e-newsletter
We are also looking for volunteers to help out. If you would like to pick-up, sort, deliver food, or promote our programs, contact us
Good Food Box ~ Rapid Relief In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Fernwood NRG is launching a new program to provide fresh food to anyone experiencing heightened food insecurity at this time. Anyone experiencing food insecurity can apply to receive a Large Good Food Box every two weeks for the next four months free of charge.
Share the Goods The program allows volunteers who want to “purchase online groceries or gift cards at grocery stores” on a one time basis for people who are isolated and /or experiencing financial difficulties.
School District 61 Meal Program The Greater Victoria School District is providing approximately 10,000 meals weekly to families in need. With the help of local community partners, the school district continues to offer food service programs to vulnerable students and families. If you have school age children & could use this service, email you child’s school for more information.
Community Food Support The goal of the initiative is to make food more accessible to students and community members during COVID-19.Volunteer drivers will pick up food from participating locations and transport it to the Fairfield Community Center where it will be safely sorted into individual hampers. Request a hamper, make a donation, sign up to volunteer. Questions? contact email@example.com
Red Cedar Cafe is a not-for-profit food delivery and take-out service, run on a 100% volunteer basis to provide healthy meals free of charge to seniors, people in self-isolation and other people in need in Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territory (Victoria, BC). Order free, healthy meals from the Red Cedar Café, delivered frozen to your home or available for pick up during specified hours at the kitchen / take-out window.
Living Edge Living Edge has been freely providing groceries on a weekly basis in the Quadra Village neighbourhood. Free food markets to serve Victoria’s most vulnerable. Neighbourhood markets open until further notice.
Mustard Seed 625 Queens Ave. The Food Bank is providing emergency food in pre-made hampers Monday-Friday 10AM-1PM. Lunch: Bagged lunches will be served Monday-Friday 12PM-1PM. Dinners: Take out dinners will be served Friday and Saturday from 6PM until 8PM. Want to donate call 250-953-1581 or click here to donate online.
Growing your own food
Topsoil micro-garden delivery Bringing food production to your patio, inviting the community get your very own edible micro-garden. For a fee, Topsoil gets your micro-garden growing and delivers the containers to your door & you get to harvest fresh vegetables.
Young Agrarians They are a very active national organization connecting and educating growers
Collaborative Gardening for Food Security Local mutual aid facebook group for sharing resources related to growing, preserving, and sourcing local food.
City of Victoria – free leaf mulch and compost program Get your home garden off to a healthy start with free leaf mulch and compost from the City. Leaf mulch and compost produced at the Parks yard in Beacon Hill Park will be dropped off at four community locations for pick-up from May 8-14, 2020. This program is open to all Victoria residents. Please bring your own container and shovel. In order to abide by COVID-19 safety standards of physical distancing, registration to pick-up garden materials is required. If you are unwell or experiencing symptoms, please stay home.
Get Growing, Victoria! The City of Victoria is collaborating with community partners and non-profit organizations to provide vegetable and herb seedlings to those who need help most. This program will provide a selection of the top 15 vegetable and herb starts for easy growing by the novice gardener, and suitable for a variety of locations, such as garden beds in yards or container gardening on decks and balconies. The project supports communities in need first. Priority is being given to people who are financially or physically impacted by the pandemic and that have a desire to grow food but may have limited access to plants and garden materials, or are facing barriers to access fresh, locally grown food. Eligibility criteria includes, but is not limited to, those who have experienced loss of work, are immunocompromised, are on disability, are seniors, and/or self-identify as food insecure.
Good Food Box Fairfield Community Place will continue to be a pick-up point. There will be safe distance protocols in effect. Good Food Box is a non-profit alternative fruit and vegetable distribution system available for pick-up or delivery every Wednesday. Place an order online.
Samosa King delivery Have Al-Rahman Samosa King deliver samosas right to your door! Contactless deliveries, call/text 250-896-4038, see the menu.
Victoria Pedicab If you need someone to do a grocery run, pick up a prescription from the pharmacy etc, Victoria Pedicab can help! Their electric assist pedicabs will shop and deliver groceries, pharmaceuticals and other essentials to your home. A suggested donation of $10 to $20 is appreciated, however, if you cannot provide a donation simply pay it forward another time. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 778 746-1248
Bakerys, cafes, restaurants, liquor stores, farmer’s markets – so many have turned to online or phone in ordering, with contactless pick up or delivery. Look up your favourite place to eat online or give them a call to find out how they are getting their products out there. Many dine-in restaurants are providing take-out food options during this time. View local restaurants providing take-out options