Food Security

Community initiatives and education promoting access to healthy food.

At PELC, our approach to food literacy and food security has been shaped by the interests of our students and needs of our community. We aim to empower people with practical, helpful learning, and expand access to healthy, affordable food for the community. Our initiatives span from cultivating community gardens to local markets offering fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices.

Grow a Community Garden

Cultivating a sustainable, hands-on approach to growing food through community gardening.

When food security emerged as a student interest, we launched a project combining food literacy and community action: growing our own food!

PELC students started gardening at Delhi Park Community Gardens in 2020, led by volunteer Fionn Stanners. A team of gardeners took turns watering, weeding and harvesting. Everyone shared in the harvest.

Beginning in 2022, we focused on creating opportunities to grow food in the Heights — an empowering way to increase food security. We received permission from the County to move our community garden plot to Macaulay Village Park (on London Avenue) and received a Seed It grant to plant two small beds. The park went through a major revitalization in 2023 with new landscaping and play equipment, and we are now making plans for the 2024 season.

Contact us to get involved!

Call (613) 476-1811 ext. 110 or email jennifer@pelc.ca

Learn about the County Food Collective

Engaged the wisdom of people with lived experience of food insecurity in Prince Edward County, and those working to address the challenge.
The County Food Collective was a group of food programs working to address the challenges of food security in Prince Edward County. Participants included:
  • PEC Fresh Good Food Market
  • Storehouse Foodbank
  • Picton United Church Food Bank
  • Food to Share
  • Community Development Council of Quinte
  • County Food Depot
  • The County Foundation
The collective came about as the result of student interest in a food policy class at PELC. Students researched and prepared a Council deputation, which led to the creation of a municipal food security working group. In 2021, Prince Edward Learning Centre led a three-month pilot project with the collective. We collected insights from people who had experienced food insecurity; consulted with community groups to understand how existing community resources were being used, such as food banks and Good Food Boxes; shared learning and best practices from food innovators; and proposed strategies to help meet long-term needs in our community. The result of this work, a County Food Collective Plan (April 2021), was presented to Prince Edward County Council. An important goal of the plan is moving away from a charity model and toward an empowerment model for food security, through advocacy and poverty reduction. Read the report:

Listen to our expert panel discussion on innovative food models:

Shop the PEC Fresh Good Food Market

A community market providing access to affordable fresh produce, with options for in-person shopping and online ordering.

PEC Fresh Good Food Market supports food security and food choices, by making affordable fresh produce accessible to everyone in our community. Patrons can choose to shop online or in person, at our three convenient locations in Picton, Sophiasburgh and Consecon.

Learn More About The Market

WORDS FROM A VOLUNTEER
“Gardening gives you tools to have more control over your own food security, and more creativity around food. A garden gives you something outside of yourself to care for, but it also shows care back.”
— Fionn Stanners
Join us in nourishing our community!

Get involved as a market volunteer, or donate to support our efforts to improve food security for all.

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