Loving Spoonful envisions a healthy, sustainable, food-secure community in Kingston, Ontario.
In Kitchens kids, teens, adults, and families learn basic, affordable, healthy cooking and share great meals together. We work in partnership with Kingston Community Health Centres, Addictions & Mental Health Services, HIV-AIDS Regional Services, Youth Diversion, and many more.
In Schools primary school students learn about growing food, community, and cooperation in the classroom and in the GROW Project gardens on the front lawns their primary. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to watch the upcoming growth of this fantastic hands-on learning program!
From the Farm and Grocery Store: Every year, Loving Spoonful volunteers reclaim tens of thousands of pounds of healthy, surplus, perishable food. They pickup from farms, grocery stores, and others and distribute to over 40 agencies that feed our low-income neighbours and others who need good food, providing for tens of thousands of meals here in Kingston.
In Community Gardens, Loving Spoonful convenes the Community Garden Network for the City of Kingston, offering hands-on workshops, funding opportunities, supporting the community gardens to make gardening irresistible.
- Kids in classrooms and gardens about good food, growing, collaboration and community!
- Families, adults and teens in Community Kitchens about cooking easy, affordable, healthy food!
We're collaborating with
- Over 70 partners across the region, bringing good food programming and fresh food to all!
- Kingston's 38 Community Gardens, assisting with annual reporting, grants, discounts on mulch and compost, and with establishing new gardens
- Kingston’s gardeners and farmers who "Grow A Row" for donation to those who need fresh food most.
- Over $1,250,000 of the freshest healthy produce for free to over 40 agencies and 18 Fresh Food Market Stands serving those experiencing hunger in Kingston since we started. That's the equivalent of over 500,000 healthy meals. Delivered free from surplus at grocery stores & farms and from donations from those growing extra in their gardens.
What People Are Saying
"Loving Spoonful's experience working with youth ... has allowed them to hone programming to maximize its effectiveness, creating comfortable learning environments and affecting change in youths' food choices and cooking skills. Their approach is always fun, inclusive, participatory and educational."
— Nancy Bondy - SNAP Youth Diversion
"With Loving Spoonful we spend time with nature… in the sun… and there’s never any packaged snacks, we eat it all right from the garden."
— GROW Student
"Loving Spoonful’s fresh food deliveries are AMAZING. As a service provider for clients who live in poverty it is wonderful to be able to offer fresh food. We educate our clients on the various types of produce in the stand and help them with meal ideas."
— Julie Langan - The John Howard Society
"I need you to know how grateful we are for the delicious fruit, veggies, and treats! I tell everyone about Loving Spoonful and I don't think I ever get through sharing without a few tears!"
— Local Food Agency Employee