KAWARTHA LAKES-it’s a grocery store for people who can’t afford it. The Lindsay Community Food Market is a different kind of food bank, one where “shoppers” get to pick their own food.
“We have named this food bank the Lindsay Community Food Market because we want our name to convey that it is like coming to the grocery store. Clients will shop our shelves, choosing their own foods. The shopping model is all about giving clients choices, increasing client dignity and respecting people.” says Capacity Boost Coordinator Leah Anderson
On Monday, March 11, 2019, community members and volunteers gathered at Calvary Pentecostal Church to cut the ribbon on the Lindsay Community Food Market. Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) General Manager Heather Kirby says she is excited to introduce their own food bank, the Lindsay Community Food Market, and celebrated the dedicated effort of Capacity Boost Coordinator Leah Anderson, the steering committee and volunteers.
Kirby noted, “a shopping style model follows best practices as established by the Ontario Association of Food Banks. Best practices is about providing client choice and dignity and in turn reduce stigma related to food insecurity.”
The Lindsay Community Food Market will be located at Calvary Pentecostal Church at 125 Victoria Ave north and officially opens this afternoon.
The Food Market is open Mondays from 9am to 12pm, Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 12pm. Once registered, clients are assigned market dollars and can drop in during operating hours to shop.
For more information about registration or our market, dollars contact the Food Market at [email protected]
Kawartha Lakes Food Source is a distribution center that procures and distributes food to 35 agencies, advocates for food security and poverty related issues, and collaborates with the community to support those who do not have enough.