Funding for this project is provided by
the George and Shirley McBride Foundation Fund
This guide is a comprehensive list of places in the City of Hamilton where food can be obtained for free or low cost. It also offers additional information such as prenatal nutrition programs, shopping and transportation services, congregate dining, food box programs, community gardens and kitchens, student nutrition programs and meals on wheels programs.
The Food Access Guide was first produced in 1997 by the city’s Public Health department when the province of Ontario mandated that all public health units develop and disseminate an inventory of local programs and services which increase access to healthy foods. This inventory was given the name Food Access Guide in Hamilton, and was to be updated annually.
In 2008, new public health standards were developed by the province and the inventory was no longer mandated. However, service providers in the community indicated in a survey that they wanted it to be continued. Hence, the Food Access Guide was updated annually and distributed to a variety of service providers in the community.
Information Hamilton took over production of the guide in 2016. This links the Food Access Guide listings to up-to-date community services information records in The Red Book of Hamilton.
Information Hamilton would like to thank all of the agencies, services and programs listed in this guide for their input and participation.
You are encouraged to print copies or parts of the guide as needed.
For changes or updates to this guide, please contact: