Meal Box Program
Fresh Food Weekly is a food charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency and provides a free monthly meal box delivery program to low-income families residing in the City of Barrie and the Town of Innisfil. We seek to improve food security by creating a reliable avenue to get fresh food into the homes of people who really need it. The ripple effects of the pandemic are impacting everyone - but it's hitting the most vulnerable in our community the hardest. There is an unprecedented need to help those who are struggling to eat on a daily basis and the goal of Fresh Food Weekly is to alleviate this struggle to some degree. Whether they're a single mom working three jobs, have a disability and literally can't work, or are elderly and live alone and have no one to look after them, Fresh Food Weekly improves food security by breaking down every single barrier preventing these people from eating three meals a day.
Our meal box program was launched in June 2022 and is the result of two successful runs at Christmas (December 2021) and Easter (April 2022). Each month, we put together meal boxes that include locally sourced, fresh food that has been donated or purchased at a reduced price. Beginning in January 2023, we have split these boxes into two deliveries, and added additional food items, and now we deliver fresh food on a biweekly basis. These meal boxes can only be purchased on behalf of a low-income family, and every month we fund-raise to cover their costs. We’ve partnered with local farmers and grocers in our local area whom we can rely on for various locally grown and raised food, including milk, cheese, eggs, butter, meat, produce, bakery bread and desserts.
As of 2023, we have also started requiring program recipients to provide proof of income to ensure the families we're serving are actually in need.
On June 22, 2022, Fresh Food Weekly kicked off its first monthly meal box delivery day.
Proof of Income
Quality of Life Podcast
Hugh Kruzel, host of the Quality of Life podcast in Sudbury, Ontario, talks with Leah Dyck, Founder of Fresh Food Weekly, about the food program and its impact on the local community. Aired on Mar. 30, 2023.
National News Coverage
How the hungry are taking matters into their own hands, just as they did in the economic collapse of the ’70s or the Dirty Thirties
CBC News Network Interview
Leah Dyck talks about Fresh Food Weekly on The Rundown show with Andrew Nichols on the CBC News Network.
Jan. 11, 2023; 7:20pm.
NewsTalk 1010 Radio Interview
Leah Dyck talks about Fresh Food Weekly on Moore in the Morning, with John Moore on NewsTalk 1010 radio in Toronto. (Leah comes in at time stamp 00:48).
Jan. 12, 2023; 7:30 a.m.
CBC Morning Show Interview
Founder Leah Dyck went on the CBC Morning Show on Oct. 6, 2021 to talk about Fresh Food Weekly.
Charitable Status Number: 773645148 RR 0001