What We Do: It is our goal to assist community members struggling with food insecurity and assist them on the path to self-sufficiency. The importance of food is obvious and essential. At GBFN, we have made it our mission to assist community members in need by providing food and other services. We provide advocacy by identifying general concerns and gaps in services and help by bringing these issues to the attention of the local community. We are committed to listening to the voices of those accessing our services. Our Community Resource Navigator will work confidentially with individuals experiencing unique or specific needs. This support is intended to help identify the needs and goals of individuals, to help sustain self-sufficiency in the future. We believe it is important to work collaboratively with individuals in need to act as both an advocate and a resource to them.
Who we help:
We serve community members of Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny, Tay, as well as Christian Island.
Whether you are giving compassion as a volunteer or receiving services from our team, thank you for being a part of our community. It is the mission of Georgian Bay Food Network to help the community with food insecurity, as well as assist individuals/families in need on the path to self-sufficiency. We want our space in the community to be a comfortable environment.
Georgian Bay Food Network's mission is to serve the community as well as heal any negative thought forms and feelings associated with food banks.
Alexandria H. Executive Director/ Founder
Alex created Georgian Bay Food Network as a place of service and assistance for the local community. As the Executive Director, Alex is responsible for the overall management and direction of Georgian Bay Food Network. Alex believes by creating a welcoming environment, that GBFN can help community members with both food assistance and overcoming the stigma related to food insecurity. Her goal is to bring the community together through volunteer opportunities and ensure that no one in our community goes hungry.
Mary M. Community Resource Navigator
Mary retired from the County of Simcoe in 2020 after a 32-year career in Social Services. She worked with the Ministry of Community and Social Services Income Maintenance Branch for 3 years and with the County of Simcoe Social Services Division for 29 years. Mary started her career as a case manager and then moved into the position of Ontario Works Supervisor. She supervised various Ontario Works offices across the County as well as programs including Housing Retention, Discretionary Benefits, and Emergency Social Services. Mary represented the County on various committees, as well as the local Situation Table that met weekly to collaboratively support individuals facing multiple barriers.
Mary will act as the Community Resource Navigator for the Georgian Bay Food Network. Her goal is to identify the root cause of food insecurity and support individuals in accessing other programs and resources that will promote self-sufficiency.
It is with all gratitude that we thank our silent board members and helpers within the community. You know who you are, and our organization is very thankful for your input, time, and all you do.
Gratitude and Special Thanks:
Special thanks to our community sponsors and for the organization that sponsors our location.
Thank you to all of our people working collectively to ensure our organizations' success in feeding families.