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Finding Food

Eating nutritious food is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. However, it can sometimes be challenging to find affordable, nutritious food options. We can help. Public Health offers a variety of programs and services that can help you access nutritious food in our community.

Supporting Food Access Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has created a guidance document (updated April 27) to help those offering Emergency Food Support services in our community (shelters, food banks, community outreach, etc.) minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Community garden coordinators, managers, users, and plot owners: HPEPH has created a document outlining requirements for the safe use of community gardens during COVID-19. Please review this document to ensure you are able to meet requirements before opening your community garden for the season.

Food Access Guide

The Food Access Guide provides information about free or low cost food and meal programs and services in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. It is divided into six different sections and provides information on local community gardens, food banks, food box programs and more.

Please look below and click on your region to access your local Food Access Guide.

Belleville
Central Hastings
North Hastings
Prince Edward County
Quinte West
South East Hastings

Participate in the Food Access Guide

Are you an organization listed in the Food Access Guide? Would you like to have your organization added to the Guide? Call the Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610 to inform us of new or updated program information.

The Real Cost of Healthy Eating (The Nutritious Food Basket)

Every two years, Public Health staff research the cost of healthy eating using food prices from local grocery stores. Our dietitians identify the cost of purchasing the Nutritious Food Basket (NFB), which is a standardized tool used to measure the cost of a basic healthy diet according to Canada’s Food Guide. The resulting report identifies that many residents find it challenging to afford healthy food when also paying for other necessary items such as housing, clothing, and transportation.

Public Health prepares this report to understand and emphasize the impact of food insecurity in our region. Food insecurity is much more than a food problem. It is an issue that needs solutions that target income and the affordability of the daily costs of living. For more information about our efforts to address food insecurity, read the 2018 report.

Nutrition Directory

If you are looking for a comprehensive listing of local dietitians and other nutrition resources, check out our nutrition directory. Public Health prepares this directory to help connect local residents with resources that can support healthy eating.

Other Programs and Services

HPEPH provides programs and services to support healthy eating. Check out the links below to other pages with more information about healthy eating.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Food and Healthy Eating, Food Safety, Food Service Industry

The Real Cost of Eating Well 2018

PUBLISHED: Wednesday January 31, 2018

Food Literacy Report 2017

PUBLISHED: Sunday December 31, 2017

Upcoming Clinics and Classes RELATED TO : Food Skills Classes

Jul
20

Food For Thought

July 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

Jul
21

Food For Thought

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

Jul
22

Food For Thought

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

Jul
23

Food For Thought

July 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. However, phone lines remain open. The COVID-19 information line is operating 7 days a week (excluding statutory holidays) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All other program lines are operating Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.