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.
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.
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.