Mac Bread Bin opens Food Collective Centre

October 2, 2017 at 09:00 am

Mac Bread Bin is a service focused on cultivating stronger food systems within the McMaster community. Its services are available for students, alumni, staff and Hamilton community partners to access. The support resources offered by Mac Bread Bin aim to break the stigma surrounding food banks and to encourage the community to learn from and empower one another.

The Food Collective Centre is Mac Bread Bin’s on-campus food bank, designed to make the process of receiving food accessible and efficient. The centre allows one to have control over what type of food they receive and when they pick it up, without worrying about why. Volunteers are trained, available to help, and present to ensure feedback is collected. The centre is located in the basement of the Refectory near Bridges, and is opening on October 3. The hours are 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday to Thursday. Donations will also be accepted at the Food Collective Centre if one would like to contribute.

Partnering with local farms, the Good Food Box is a box of fresh and affordable food available for pickup on the first Tuesday of every month. The produce varies with the season, but typically features a heavy concentration on root vegetables, heads of lettuce, and a variety of fruit. The boxes are subsidized for students for $12. For MacBreadBin partners, the cost is $9, and for community members the boxes are $15. Order forms can be found on the Mac Bread Bin services site, and payments can be made online or in person at the McMaster Student Union Accounting Office in MUSC 201.

Another one of the services offered is Lockers of Love, a confidential and anonymous program where MacBreadBin partners can access food without human interaction. They simply fill out an online order form found on the Mac Bread Bin service site, wait 12-24 hours, and receive it in an anonymous locker scattered across campus. 

For more information, please contact:

Taylor Mertens
Mac Bread Bin Director

905-525-9140 ext. 23139

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