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Wondering or Worried About Food?

This page has been created for Queen’s students to provide a comprehensive list of food access resources both on campus and in the Kingston community.

It is adapted from the Food For You webpage. Food For You was organized by Sarah Gelmych and Courtney Gallant as part of their NURS 405 Practicum in Community Health Promotion placement with the Swipe It Forward Queen’s program. Many thanks!

Visit the websites below for up-to-date information on where to get food, learn about food, purchase food with discounts, and much more!

If you are consistently finding it difficult to afford food to meet your needs, various financial aid options can be explored with the The Office of the University Registrar (OUR) – Student Awards.

Food Access Resources on Campus

AMS Food Bankopen with evolving COVID-19 protocols for the 2020-21 academic year

  • Access to fruits, vegetables, grain products, and proteins on a weekly basis for students in need
  • Operates mainly on donations - if you are interested in donating, please visit the website for more information!


Swipe it Forward Queen’srun by Hospitality Services and Student Affairs and is operating in 2020-21

  • If you don’t have enough money for food, you may access up to 25 meals per semester at any dining hall or Hospitality Services food outlet by being referred to the program. To get referred, you need to connect with a program partner
  • If you currently have a meal plan, you have the option of donating one meal per day, up to five per semester, from the current week’s meals (past unused, or future weeks meals cannot be donated). Just let the cashier at the dining hall or retail outlet know that you want to “swipe it forward”!


Whole Bowls - by Hospitality Services and available for purchase during 2020-21 in the Mackintosh Corry Hall cafeteria

  • Anyone (students, staff, and faculty) can find a complete and warm meal option for $4.35 + tax in the MC Cafeteria (near the soups). Whole Bowls are made and delivered fresh daily.


Fresh Food Box – check website for updates on when this will be available

  • Peer Health Educator volunteers put together Fresh Food Boxes for students to purchase and pick up.


Queen’s Community Cupboard – Duncan McArthur Hall, 511 Union St West - currently closed

  • The Community Cupboard is for Queen’s University students and Kingston community members to either pick up non-perishable food items when needed, or make a donation
  • Non-judgemental space; everyone is encouraged to take what they need, when they need it
Events, Education, Workshops, and Outreach

Queen’s Home Kitchen

  • Bi-weekly content including easy, budget-friendly recipes, skills and hacks, and community connection through live cooking sessions!


Campus WELL Food

  • Recipes, articles, UCookbook, and more!


Healthy Cooking Sessionscheck website for 20-21 dates coming soon!

  • Join Peer Health Educator (PHE) volunteers for virtual interactive cooking sessions to learn how to prepare a healthy and budget-friendly meal, while connecting with other students.

Cooking with Grammascheck website for 20-21 dates coming soon!

  • The Grammas, who are from the Queen's Women's Association, provide the knowledge and the recipes and you bring the ingredients and learn to cook, all in the comfort of your own kitchen.
  • This virtual cooking class offers a great way to meet a diversity of Queen's and Kingston community members, learn some cooking skills, and have a delicious socially distant meal, together!
  • You can also visit Faith and Spiritual Life on Facebook to find out when the next event is!

Queen’s Soul Food

  • Student run organization which delivers the unconsumed food from Queen’s University campus cafeterias to local Kingston shelters every night. The organization was founded in 2007 and has now expanded to bring the unused food from both Leonard Hall and Ban Righ Hall cafeterias to four local shelters as well as the Kingston Street Truck Mission in the winter.
  • Food that is not collected by Soul Food is also shared with Loving Spoonful Kingston to support their food reclamation program. These food items are distributed to a variety of agencies within the community, providing quality and fresh meals for those who are in need.   
Off-Campus - Food Access Resources in Kingston

Good Times Diner

  • Student-run soup kitchen that serves nutritious, hot, free meals twice a week at St. Paul's Anglican Church, (corner of Montreal and Queen Streets)
  • Meals are served at 5:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • If you want to volunteer, apply on the ASUS website in September when all of the volunteer opportunities are posted. Email with questions. Follow on Instagram and Twitter: @queensgtd

Loving Spoonful

  • Loving Spoonful works to achieve a healthy food-secure community by facilitating fresh food access, skill development and community engagement in a collaborative, empowering and environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Fresh food stands are set up across Kingston, available for anyone to visit anonymously until November 2020 while fresh produce is in season 

Partners in Mission Food Bank

  • Food hampers with several days worth of groceries; baby supplies and pet food may also be available
  • No referrals are necessary – clients are required to come in or call to arrange a time for an intake interview.

Martha’s Table

  • A caring place where people in need can have a nutritious meal and find the social support of a community of friends and volunteers.

The Good Food Box (GFB) Kingston

  • Non-profit fresh vegetables and fruit distribution program. For over 20 years, the GFB has been providing monthly access to fresh produce boxes through community host sites, with the mission of increasing accessibility to fresh produce in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington area. The program is powered by Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC), whose mission is To Care, To Respond and To Build Community.

Other places to go for help in Kingston – Food, shelter, clothing - this list is maintained by an external to Queen's group, please visit websites or call the agency for the most up-to-date information.

Grocery Store Discounts for Students

Student discounts are available with presentation of a valid Queen’s University student card at many grocery stores in Kingston:

Metro, 310 Barrie St.

10% - 15% discounts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Loblaws, 1100 Princess St. and 1048 Midland Ave.

10% discount on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Food Basics, 33 Barrack St., 1300 Bath Rd., and 1225 Princess St.

10% discount on Tuesdays

Bulk Barn, 1201 Division St. and 830 Norwest Rd.

10% discount on Wednesdays

Other Resources

Eating Well on a Budget  - Tips by Dietitians of Canada - Helpful tips on healthy eating well while spending less.

Healthy Eating on a Budget - Tips by Canada’s Food Guide - Healthy eating doesn’t have to cost more. You can choose many different healthy foods when eating on a budget.

Good and Cheap PDF Recipe Book – by Leanne Brown - Kitchen skill, not budget, is the key to great food. This cookbook is a celebration of the many delicious meals available to those on even the most strict of budgets.