Did you know? Every other Friday is now a County Food Depot day!
Created for people who are not food bank members, the County Food Depot operates every other Friday in the former fire hall portion of Picton Town Hall at the corner of King and Ross Streets in Picton.
Most importantly, anyone seeking supplementary food supplies is encouraged to pickup a County Food Depot hamper.
Open from from 11 am to 2 pm every other Friday, upcoming Food Depot days are:
- October 23rd
- November 6th
- November 20th
- December 4th
- December 18th
Each County Food Depot hamper contains:
- Hard goods (canned tomatoes, tuna, rice, pasta, etc)
- Fresh produce (potatoes, carrots, onions, fruit)
- Two grocery cards, each worth $25
All hampers have the same contents. The grocery cards are intended to help purchase groceries such as dairy or protein items, or items such as baby diapers. Note that the Food Depot is not equipped to handle such goods.
County Food Depot volunteers hard at work in Picton Town Hall
Periodically, we add extra items to hampers when such are donated to us by our very generous food producers in the region. For example, Sprague baked beans, Findlay Brie cheese, and yes, even Nestlé Coffee Crisps, as well as other products are included from time-to-time.
Funding for the Food Depot is from various sources including the Foundation’s PEC Helping PEC Covid-19 Fund (over 150 donors and climbing), Community Food Centres Canada, United Way, and those producers previously mentioned.
How to confirm a County Food Depot food hamper
It is easy to get a food hamper. Registration is through The County Helpline at 1-833-676-2148 or by drop-in at the depot. Using the Helpline is preferred, as hampers are prepared and ready for pick up. You can also request delivery. Note that drop-in clients may have to wait a short time for hampers to be assembled.
When you are calling to request a County Food Depot food hamper, you will be asked the following five questions:
- What is your first name? (only first names are requested)
- Did you call the Helpline?
- Do you use existing Food Banks?
- How many people live in your household and what are the age(s) of any children?
- What area do you live in?
Children’s ages are requested so our partner County Kids Read can make up a free book package for those children who are of qualifying age.
The area in which you live is requested to aid in locating future depots if demand indicates more are needed.
A local collective is making the County Food Depot happen!
The Food Collective administers the County Food Depot. Based here in Prince Edward County, The Food Collective currently has the following organizations as members:
- The County of Prince Edward
- The County Foundation
- Food To Share
- Picton United Church Food Bank
- Storehouse Wellington Food Bank
- Prince Edward Learning Centre
- The County Food Hub in Sophiasburgh
- Community Development Council of Quinte
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
All our work is performed by volunteers. Special thanks to the Picton Town Hall Management team for working with us in providing this excellent work space location.
Launched on April 17, 2020, funding for Prince Edward County’s first Food Depot started with an $80,000 COVID-19 grant from Community Food Centres of Canada and contributions from The County of Prince Edward and The County Foundation.
County Food Depot volunteers are always happy to welcome more people! Drop by and say “Hi” on a Food Depot Friday!
Learn more about how the PEC Helping PEC COVID-19 Fund keeps supporting our County here.
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