In collaboration with a group of churches in the city, Barrie Food Bank is launching a pilot project to assess Little Food Pantries as a means to provide convenient access to emergency food supplies in areas of the city where there is food insecurity and/or people experiencing homelessness.
These pantries are located outside in the community, available to anyone who needs food and anyone who wishes to donate non-perishable food items. Four pilot sites are launching Monday, July 26th, 2021 Collier Street United Church (Collier & Poyntz), Grace United Church (Grove & Cook), Trinity Anglican Church (Collier & Owen), and Burton Avenue United Church (Burton & William).
During the pilot period of 8 weeks, volunteers of the Food Bank will monitor and replenish the pantries, after which time the churches and the community are invited to assist in the provision of food. The pilot will assess the need in the community as well as provide learning for potential roll-out to other community locations.
All pantries will provide resource information to connect food recipients with other local social services and supports including the Barrie Food Bank.