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We’ve All Gotta Eat: Food Resources in the Queen’s and the Kingston Community

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We’ve All Gotta Eat: Food Resources in the Queen’s and the Kingston Community

Being a graduate student is financially difficult for most of us. Between the cost of tuition, rent, books and materials, it can often be difficult to find the money to afford healthy and nutritious meals. And the sky-high cost of food has been a drain on all of us. To help ease the burden a little, here are some low cost and free food resources that are accessible at Queen’s and in the Kingston community. These services are here to help, we all are struggling!


  1. AMS Foodbank

Monday to Friday evenings between 5:30-6:30pm

Room 105 Rideau Building

207 Student Street, Kingston, ON

Free of Charge


  • Good Food Box 

Thursday’s 11:00-11:30am Room 105 Rideau Building – order 1 week in advance

Fresh Produce

207 Student Street, Kingston, ON

Free of Charge


  • Mason Jar Meals

Mason Jar meals contain all the ingredients and spices to prepare a quick, easy and healthy soup or stew 

Free of Charge.


  • Whole Bowls

Available for purchase in the Mackintosh-Corry Hall MC2 Cafeteria

Complete and warm meal option for $4.89 + tax in MC2 (near the soups)

  • Swipe It Forward

Contact one of the SIFQ program partners linked before for a referral to the program. Within 1-3 business days, SIF dining hall meals are loaded onto your student card for confidential use at dining halls on campus. Dining hall meals are not available to-go, and meals loaded are not available to be redeemed from retail locations. 

Individual circumstances determine the meal allocations, with a maximum allotment of 25 meals per term per student. SIF meal plans expire at the end of the academic year. All meals are non-transferable and are only accessible by the student cardholder. Guest vouchers are not included in this program.


  • Queen’s Community Cupboard 

Free Non-perishable food pantry

Located in Duncan-McArthur Hall (West Campus)


Off Campus 

  1. Kingston Food Bank

Free Food Baskets – must make intake appointment first (bring ID, takes approx. 15 min)

Non-perishables and fresh items

140 Hickson Avenue,

Kingston, ON, K7K 2N6


  • Loving Spoonful

Provides Freshly Grown Local Produce at various locations throughout Kingston



  • Martha’s Table

Offering Free Take Out Meals 7 Days a Week

Also offers food delivery for free

  • St. Vincent de Paul

Meal Program:

Take-out lunch Monday-Friday 10:00am-1:00pm

Emergency Food Pantry:

Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm

85 Stephen Street, Kingston, ON, K7K 2C5

  • Lunch By George 

Mon-Fri Free Meals

Operates Monday-Friday 9:00am-11:30am

9:00am: coffee and snacks

10:00am: soup

11:00am: hot, nutritious lunch

129 Wellington Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 4W5

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2 comments on “We’ve All Gotta Eat: Food Resources in the Queen’s and the Kingston Community
  1. Carolyn says:

    For those who can afford some monies toward food:

    Don’t forget student discounts on Tuesdays at Loblaws (10%) & Food Basics (10%); Tues/Wed/Thur at Metro (10%); Wednesdays at Bulk Barn (15%).

    Loblaws has discount shelves offering 50% bread products and fruit/veggies – double-up with student discount on Tuesdays to save even more.

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