“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” World Food Summit, 1996.
The Niagara Food Security Network is a collective of community members, community groups, networks, non-profit agencies, charitable organizations, faith groups, individuals with lived experience, government, business and agricultural sector representatives, and others working to address food security in the Niagara region. We are collaborating to strengthen the food security system for everyone, especially for vulnerable and at-risk individuals in Niagara.
The Niagara Food Asset Map was created as an outcome of the Niagara Food Security Network (NFSN) collective and collaborative work. This Niagara Food Asset Map is intended to showcase all of Niagara’s available resources that improve food security as well as identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen the work of the NFSN. The Map is updated as new information is obtained but you are encouraged to contact organizations/services directly to confirm their availability – where possible.
The Niagara Food Asset Map has several asset categories:
- Community Gardens – Members of the Niagara Community Garden Network.
- Community Meals – Programs that organize suppers, lunches or other get-togethers that give community residents an opportunity to meet one another in a friendly and informal atmosphere while sharing a meal. Community meals are generally sponsored by churches, libraries and other local community organizations and coordinated by volunteers.
- Farmers Markets – Municipally run farmers markets.
- Food Banks and Pantries – A registered or recognized local food bank or program that accepts donations of and distributes food.
- Good Food Box – Provides fresh and affordable produce that is purchased from local farmers and wholesalers to provide a way to families who cannot afford it access to fresh healthy food.
- Home Delivered Meals – Programs that prepare and regularly deliver meals to older adults, people with disabilities and others who have difficulties shopping and/or preparing food for themselves or travelling to a site where a meal is being served.
- School Nutrition Programs – Programs that offer school-age children and youth nutritious food through breakfast, lunch and snack programs.
- Senior’s Meals – Programs that provide hot meals on a regular basis primarily for older adults who may be at risk for nutritional deficits and social isolation without assistance. Congregate meals are often combined with recreational, educational, and social activities, and programs may include access to health services and/or information. Some programs are also open to caregivers, spouses and/or adults with disabilities.
In addition to the Niagara Food Asset Map, there are several other food security resources available to support our work:
- Community Pop-up Produce Markets
- Connect with a Dietitian
- Feed Niagara Food Banks
- Food Rescue
- Migrant Farmworkers Project
- Niagara Community Gardens Network
- Niagara Connects & The Niagara Knowledge Exchange Food Publications & Resources
- Niagara Food Security Network
If you are looking to update your organization, asset or map information, locate your record and suggest your update at the bottom of your record listing.