COVID-19 UPDATE (October 9, 2020)
The Local Community Food Centre would like to reassure all of our community members and volunteers that their health and safety remain our primary concern. We’re happy to inform you that the test results for a member of our staff who recently reported being unwell have come back negative for Covid.
At this time, The Local remains open and will continue to provide community meals for take-away only on Mondays from 5pm – 6pm, for delivery only Wednesdays from 11:30am – 12:30pm, and for take-away only Fridays 11:30am – 12:30pm.
For those of our community members who are unable to come to The Local for our takeaway community meals, we are now delivering it right to your door (within Stratford city limits)! We would appreciate it if you would place your order by noon the day before so that Community Chef Mike can prepare enough meals and for delivery routes to be planned.
Please send us your address (including your postal code), a contact number, and the number of meals you’d like for us to drop off to mealdelivery@thelocalcfc.org or leave us a phone message at 519-508-3663 ext 1001.
Our Community Access Market will be open Mondays from 5pm – 6pm and Fridays from 11:30am – 12:30pm with limited physical access to the public in order to minimize risk of food contamination and virus transfer. We appreciate your patience as we try to deliver these essential food access programs as safely as possible.
Kate’s Kitchen, an online cooking class, is available weekly on our YouTube channel and you can get all the ingredients you require to cook along with Kate in her most recent episode for free by contacting her at kate@thelocalcfc.org or 519-508-3663 ext 1003.
The Advocacy Office is open for anonymous drop-in consultations with our Community Connector, Matthew, from Monday to Wednesday during regular business hours. You can also contact him at matthew@thelocalcfc.org or 519-508-3663 ext 1005.
All other kitchen, garden, and advocacy programs will be taking a temporary pause until further notice.
Any further facility closures or program cancellations will be communicated to the public as soon as possible. As always, we remain grateful for your support as we continue to pursue a vision of our community in which good food is truly accessible to all!
Any news will be communicated to the public as soon as possible. As always, we remain grateful for your support as we continue to pursue a vision of our community in which good food is truly accessible to all!

More than good food

The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford, Ontario, empowers those with barriers to accessing and benefiting from good healthy food by offering opportunities to cook, grow, share, and advocate for good food for everyone in our community. We approach the problems of poverty and food insecurity as justice issues rather than acts of charity, knowing that access to good food is central to health and should be treated as a basic right. Our programs empower people to advocate for themselves and assists them in building kitchen and gardening skills that help alleviate their food insecurity in a dignified and non-stigmatizing way. While our emphasis is on empowering our low-income neighbours, we welcome the whole community to access our services and programs to promote connectedness and enhance belonging as we work together to build a stronger, more resilient community for us all.

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An important portion of The Local is funded by members of our community just like you! Even a small monthly contribution in dollars or hours can make a big difference in the lives of our fellow neighbours living with food insecurity.

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