Whatever your interest or need related to food, our community partners and programs have a way to help you access it. You may be wondering where to join a community garden, where to access free or low-cost food or where to join a cooking group. Look no further!
Did you know that there is an amazing local website for you to find free and low-cost places to get, grow, learn about, and eat food in Brantford and the County of Brant? Learn about: community gardens, programs, food banks and cupboards, community kitchens, farmers markets, community groups and more! Visit Feed Brant to discover this handy local resource managed by the Brant Food System Coalition's Education Committee.
Feed Brant also hosts the Brant Food Charter & Toolkit – documents made by the community that highlights how our community food system should function. It can be used to plan activities around food and advocate for change. It was endorsed by City of Brantford Council and County of Brant Council in 2019.
Community Health Brokers
Community Health Brokers with the Brant County Health Unit connect people in our community with the health resources that they can benefit from. They are a key component of communicating nutrition information and building nutrition literacy within our community. They also share information on other topics outside of nutrition to take a comprehensive approach to health to reduce chronic disease risk and reduce harm. Community Health Brokers provide programs at different locations throughout our region by collaborating with community partners. Some examples of nutrition programs that the Community Health Brokers facilitate within the County of Brant and Brantford are:
If you are interested in joining a Community Health Broker's program or are a community organization interested in hosting a program, please call our health unit at 519-753-4937 ext. 458.
Community Food Educators
What is a CFE?
A Community Food Educator (CFE) is a volunteer trained to help educate the community on a variety of topics related to healthy eating. CFE's assist with or lead cooking classes, cooking demos and presentations to groups of all ages.
Possible session topics include:
- Cooking for one or two
- Healthy eating on a budget
- Reading food labels
- Menu planning
- Cooking skills
The Brant Community Food Educators will work with you to develop sessions that meet the needs of your group. Sessions can vary in length and can occur at any time, depending on CFE availability. We can even do the grocery shopping for you!
If interested in requesting a CFE service on behalf of a group or organization, you can download our service request form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service Request Form
If interested in becoming a CFE, call 519-754-0777 ext. 234
Please note that organizations/groups requesting a cooking demo or class are responsible for covering any food related costs. In addition, there is a $20.00 administration fee per session.
Brant Food For Thought
Brant Food For Thought is the lead agency that supports and facilitates Student Nutrition Programs in elementary and secondary schools in Brantford and the County of Brant. We believe that good nutrition contributes to a child's ability to learn and that all children and youth should have equitable access to the most nutritious foods possible. Brant Food For Thought is investing in our children and youth today, for a healthy and vibrant community tomorrow!
For more information on Brant Food For Thought and our local student nutrition programs, visit: Brant Food For Thought