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The Hardy October Meal Box

Updated: Dec 24, 2022

Fresh Food Weekly is pleased to announce the items for the regular October meal box have been determined. The October meal box will be delivered to recipients on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 between 2-6 p.m. For this meal box, we will be including all the main food items required to make a beef stew, as well as some other great items!

Ritchies Catering

Fresh Food Weekly is so excited to announce another wonderful addition to the October meal box. Karen Macintosh is the owner of Ritchies, a new catering company coming to Barrie, Ont. she will be donating an 8 oz container of chili, as well as their choice of either macaroni salad, coleslaw or potato salad to each of the 75 October meal boxes.

October Meal Box Food Items

  1. One-pound of organic, black Angus stewing beef from Thorganic Farms.

  2. 3/4-pound of bacon from Beef in the City.

  3. 4L milk from Costco.

  4. A dozen farm fresh eggs from Homestead Farm.

  5. A pound of butter from Alliston Creamery.

  6. Cheese from Continental Specialties & Imports.

  7. Carrots, onions and parsnips from Dominion Farm Produce Ltd.

  8. Celery from Gaetano Green Acre Farms Inc.

  9. A three-pound bag of Royal Gala apples from The Bay Growers.

  10. A choice of either white bread, brown bread, light rye bread, marble rye bread, dark rye bread, good hearth bread, flax bread, sourdough bread, or multigrain bread from Fox's Bakery & Deli.

  11. A butternut squash, a spaghetti squash, delicata squashes, sweet potatoes, garlic, a cabbage, and a pie pumpkin from Harris Farms.

  12. Club House beef stew seasoning mix.

  13. Desserts from Don's Bakery (Barrie), The Sweet Oven Inc. (Orillia), and Caldense Bakery's head office (North York).

  14. Blueberry Muesli morning rounds from Ozery Family Bakery.

  15. A six-pack of Kirkland toilet paper from Costco.

  16. Each child will be receiving a decorated sugar cookie from Savory Treats & Sweets.

  17. Gluten-free pasta from NuPasta.

Thanksgiving Meal Box Delivery

Here is a CTV News Barrie news clip about our Thanksgiving meal box delivery that took place on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at Countryside United Church in Thornton, Ontario.

Food Insecurity

Without all of our donors and food suppliers, we wouldn't be able to provide this meal box delivery program to so many families in Barrie who're experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity is becoming a crisis for families all across Canada right now and it's because the cost of food has become so high. Food Banks Canada has just launched a new communications campaign that calls for systemic change for tackling food insecurity, which they say has reached epidemic-levels. The struggle is real and our neighbors need our help.

Sponsor a Family

If you would like to sponsor a low-income family living in Barrie with a monthly meal box, it only costs $45 and this month's October meal box is valued at $140.00. You can send an e-transfer to: and if you would like a charitable tax receipt for your donation, please send an email to Leah Dyck at: with your first and last legal name, as well as your home address (for the receipt).

If you would like to apply for a meal box, please fill out our application form.

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