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Urban Pantry Barrie

Urban Pantry is a community food program of the Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe County Branch (CMHA SCB).

The Urban Pantry program offers food skills and food access programming through the Barrie Good Food Box and “Cooking UP” (community cooking workshops).

CMHA SCB is a member of the Good Food Organization Network. We use the Good Food Principles in all our work.

Good Food Principles:

  1. Take action from the individual to the systemic level
  2. Invest in the power of good food
  3. Create an environment of respect and community leadership
  4. Meet people where they’re at
  5. Aim high for our organization and our community


The Barrie Good Food box is a monthly community buying program for fresh, wholesale produce. Anyone and everyone can order a box for $20. The box comes with an assortment of seasonal fruits and vegetables, as local as possible. Each month the box contains potatoes, carrots, onions and apples (all from Ontario) plus a variety of other fruits and vegetables.

Order a box by the first Wednesday of the month at

Pick up your box on the second Wednesday of the month.

Cash orders can be placed at 128 Anne St S, Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm (exact-change only please)

Georgian College students pay only $15.00 – Contact Tannis Peacock at Student Life to place your order by the first Tuesday of the month by emailing

Note: If you order after the deadline the box will go toward the next month. If you do not pickup your box by 6 pm, it will be given to a low-income family via one of our community partners.

If you would like to order a Good Food Box but do not have a vehicle to pick up your box, please contact us at (705) 791-2432 or


The make-and-take cooking workshops are currently being offered in partnership with the Barrie Food Bank. The workshops are free for low-income community members, funded by a grant from the County of Simcoe (Social and Community Investment Fund). Volunteers from the community share their skills in making simple, affordable, nutritious meals with ingredients from the Barrie Food Bank and Barrie Good Food Box.


The Urban Pantry program coordinated the installation of 11 community gardens in Barrie between 2018-2021:

​Youth Wellness Garden, CMHA SCB


Shear Park, City of Barrie

Eastview Park, City of Barrie

Riverwood Park, City of Barrie

Batteaux Park, City of Barrie

Lampman Park, City of Barrie

Timbercrest, Barrie Housing

Northfields, Barrie Housing

Edgehill Terrace, Barrie Housing

Barrie Native Friendship Centre

The community gardens are managed by the community partners (City of Barrie, Barrie Housing). Contact Service Barrie to rent a plot at one of the public allotment gardens.

Very special thanks to the Barrie Woodworkers for building the garden plots and raised beds, and to all the community partners.


When making a donation please add Urban Pantry Program in the tribute section

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