No one in our community should have to choose between healthy food, a clean home, or necessary hygiene products. Unfortunately, that is often the reality for families living in poverty.
The Hope House Food Market is here to ensure that everyone in Guelph can provide their family with nutritious meals and household necessities.
The Food Market is a welcoming, choice-based pantry open to both working and non-working individuals and other families who need a helping hand.
Community members are free to shop the market for food and other items while receiving guidance from our volunteers on how to make the most of their budget, and receive ideas on nutritious and delicious recipes.
The food market is open:
Monday: 1pm – 4pm
Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 10am – 4pm
Thursday: 1pm – 4pm
Monday to Thursday from 10am-11am, Hope House offers a new spin on the community breakfast program in the form of a take-away breakfast for community members.
These breakfasts provide a light, nutritious meal and help to get a good start on the day. Breakfasts change each morning, and some days are as simple as muffins and yogurt, and other mornings we offer breakfast burritos made by Dan Baker from Delicious Direct.
“Besides the obvious of doing good work and making our community better, the volunteering experience at HOPE House is a great opportunity to bring family/friends/colleagues together.”
– Breakfast volunteer from IG Wealth Management
The Better Food Company
The Better Food Company is a social enterprise owned by Hope House and a collaborative project between Hope House and the Community Company. All proceeds from the sale of ready-to-eat meals support Hope House’s work directly.
Food Skills Class
Food Skills Classes are offered twice a month at Hope House. Each month, a different healthy and flavourful recipe will be taught by Chef Kay. Participants will take home critical knowledge about healthy food preparation, valuable technical cooking skills and a delicious meal!
Hope House Café
Our café is a warm place where everyone in our community can enjoy a warm beverage and build healthy relationships with others.
Over the years, we’ve watched community members from all walks of life bond and form wonderful friendships in our café – and we look forward to seeing many more.
North Field Food Farm
A volunteer-driven community market garden that harvests incredible fresh fruit and vegetables for our Food Market and for distribution to other food security agencies across Guelph.
Seniors’ Community Food Markets
The Seniors’ Community Food Market is a weekly “farmers-market” at seven subsidized housing locations across Guelph, totalling more than 80 markets, annually. The project aims to increase food access to 300 vulnerable seniors by distributing fresh produce, pantry and hygiene items and providing age-specific education and referrals.
The Seniors’ Community Food Markets provide multiple benefits for seniors including:
- Addressing immediate food security needs by providing nutritious food and necessities.
Providing a meaningful point of social contact, helping seniors stay safe, active, and connected totheir community
- Creating meaningful volunteer opportunities for community members and equipping participants to reach out for help as needed
- This program’s success is due to the collaboration and efforts from so many good community partners like: The Seed, The Guelph Food Bank, County of Wellington Housing, VON, and Guelph Independent Living.