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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!

*For emergency food and meal programs available in Kingston during summer 2021, please click here.*

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 Resources on Campus

AMS Food Bankopen with evolving COVID-19 protocols 

  • 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 during the academic year

  • 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 in the Mackintosh-Corry Hall MC2 cafeteria

  • Anyone (students, staff, and faculty) can find a complete and warm meal option for $4.35 + tax in MC2 (near the soups). Whole Bowls are made and delivered fresh daily, available.
  • Check hours of operation for MC2 here.


Fresh Food Boxcheck website for updates on when this is 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 dates!

  • 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 Chaplains/Grammascheck website for!

  • 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 Resources in Kingston

Good Times Diner

  • A local student-run service that provides a wide variety of freshly prepared meals to any individuals in the Queen’s community currently running every Sunday evening from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm at Chalmers United Church (212 Barrie St, Kingston, ON K7L 2L8). Click here to view the weekly menu and access the registration form.
  • If you would like to volunteer, applications open in September and are available here.
  • For more info, follow on Instagram @gueensgtd or like on Facebook at ASUS Good Times Diner. Please email with any questions.

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.


Free Webinars from Loblaws Dietitians

  • Access free 30-minute webinars on various nutrition topics from Loblaws Dietitians. This platform allows attendees to ask questions and receive a webinar handout during these live workshops.


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.