Food Collective Centre launches Good Food Box delivery program

September 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm

The Food Collective Centre (FCC) 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 FCC aim to break the stigma surrounding food banks and to encourage the community to learn from and empower one another. The service previously known as MacBreadBin was recently rebranded to encompass the physical space range of services and offered through FCC.

“Our rebrand is designed to continue the work of de-stigmatizing student food insecurity while highlighting our pantry style on-campus food bank, which gives students more autonomy in choosing the food that they need,” says Hannah Philip, Food Collective Centre Director. “In addition to this program, we also offer other services designed to give students the resources they need to succeed, whether its subsidized produce delivered to your house, anonymous emergency support, or simply confidence in the kitchen.”

The Food Collective Centre is proud to operate a space that allows for an accessible and efficient process of receiving non-perishable food and hygiene products at no cost. The self-service centre gives those that access it control over what type of food they receive and when they pick it up. Trained volunteers are available to help and ensure feedback is collected. The centre is open and located in the basement of the Refectory near Bridges. The hours are 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Monday to Friday. Donations will also be accepted at the Food Collective Centre if one would like to contribute.

Partnering with local farms and Grace Lutheran Church, the Good Food Box is a box of fresh and affordable seasonal produce available for pickup on the first Tuesday of every month. Starting this year thanks to Hamilton Cab, the Good Food Box can be delivered right to the door of those that order it. The produce varies seasonally, but typically features a heavy concentration on root vegetables, heads of lettuce, and a variety of fruit. For FCC partners, the cost is $13, and for community members (including students, alumni, and staff) the boxes are $16. Order forms can be found on the FCC services site, and payments can be made online or in person at the McMaster Student Union Accounting Office in MUSC 201.

FCC also offers Lockers of Love, a confidential and anonymous program where FCC partners can access food without human interaction. Simply fill out an online order form found here, wait up to 48 hours, and receive it in an anonymous locker scattered across campus.

For more information, please contact:

Hannah Philip
Direct5or, Food Collective Centre

(905) 525 9140 ext. 23139

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