Once you have planned your menu, it’s time to shop for your food. Will you buy your food using a delivery service or will you go to grocery stores? Or, perhaps you will do a combination of both to build a food supply that best meets your program needs.

Consider the following when making this decision:

  • How much volunteer time do you have?
  • How much storage space do you have?
  • What is your monthly food budget?
  • Are your volunteers able to carry heavy loads?
  • Are volunteers able to decide which food meets the nutrition guidelines?
  • Is somebody at the school able to receive a food delivery?
  • How much control do you want to have over food safety?

 

GROCERY STORES

  • Shopping the specials at grocery stores is the cheapest way to get food, but requires volunteer time and dedication.
  • FreshCO provides a deal of 5% off purchases over $50 for Student Nutrition Programs – ask the store manager or your Community Development Coordinator how to set this up.
  • Review these tips to approach your local grocery manager to get deals, discounts and support!

 

DELIVERY SERVICES

  • Delivery companies provide safe food transportation, but can’t match the pricing of grocery store specials.
  • Delivery companies offer very different services, prices, food safety, and nutrition standards - ask your Community Development Coordinator if you need assistance.
  • Two delivery services in York Region:
    • OSNS- Ontario Student Nutrition Services- provides vendor rebates, donation deliveries, and delivery of food in all food groups checked against the nutrition guidelines.
    • EatRite- provides food in all food groups.
       

HOW MUCH FOOD TO BUY?

Use this chart to help you plan the amount of food you need to buy based on the number of students your program serves.

 

CHOOSE, TRANSPORT AND STORE FOOD SAFELY

A great tip sheet to ensure food safety from beginning until ready to serve to students.

 

IS "PRE-WASHED" FOOD REALLY CLEAN? 

 

Even if you're told your fresh produce (fruit & vegetables) are pre-washed, that doesn’t mean they are clean to eat! Who knows where the food has been or who has coughed on it since that mysterious pre-wash. Be sure to wash all of your fresh produce before serving! Learn more about safe food handling.