Harvest of HOPE
A volunteer-driven community garden harvesting farm-fresh produce for families across Guelph
Food security is a human right.
Unfortunately, 1 in 8 people in Guelph struggle with food insecurity.
The Harvest of HOPE is an initiative to make good food more accessible in our community.
What is Harvest of HOPE?
Each year, Harvest of HOPE puts an incredible 50,000 lbs of fresh fruit and vegetables on people’s plates across the City of Guelph. Harvest of HOPE helps families escape food insecurity through important initiatives like:
- Our HOPE House Food Market, a choice-based pantry program that provides community members with fresh produce and other household essentials
- Edu-Kitchen workshops, where community members can learn practical cooking skills and recipes that empower them to eat more healthily and make nutritious meals for their families
- Other local service providers through our HOPE in Motion delivery vehicles, which distributes surplus produce from Harvest of HOPE to touchpoints at all different corners of Guelph
What is Food Insecurity?
A person is ‘food insecure’ when they have inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial circumstances. It does not mean they have no access to food, but that they lack the means to afford healthy, nutritious meals on a day-to-day basis.
Here in Guelph, many of our neighbours depend on more cost-effective food options with less nutritional value to feed their families. Not only does this mean they consume fewer fruits, vegetables, and other important sources of vitamins and minerals, it also puts them at greater risk of health problems like obesity, mental health concerns, and chronic disease.
As a community, we can all help to ensure that every family has access to fresh, nutritious food that fuels healthy bodies and minds.
HOPE House operates and advocates on the belief that poverty, food insecurity, inequality, health and community are all interconnected. Your donations support Harvest of HOPE and other powerful programs in our community.