Food Literacy Month

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One of the goals for Hamilton’s Food Strategy is to increase food literacy to promote healthy eating and empower all Hamiltonians. To help reach this goal, the Hamilton Food Literacy Network launched the first annual Hamilton Food Literacy Month in October 2018.

Hamilton Food Literacy Network

The Hamilton Food Literacy Network is a coalition of Hamilton partners who are involved in food literacy actions – from growing food, preparing food, to providing food and nutrition education programs. The Network is open to anyone interested in capacity building, information sharing, and enhancing Hamiltonians’ ability to access community-based food literacy programs. The Network, along with Public Health Dietitians, host Hamilton Food Literacy Month to showcase food inspired events that encourage everyone to get out, connect with other people who are passionate about food, and explore our City.

Food Literacy

Food literacy includes interconnected attributes organized into five categories:

  • Food and Nutrition Knowledge about healthy eating, where food comes from, and understanding how nutrition can affect health
  • Food Skills to be able to prepare healthy and safe meals
  • Self-efficacy and Confidence to believe and apply knowledge and skills to prepare and choose healthy food choices
  • Ecological (external) factors, such as the food system, culture or socio-economic status that influence eating
  • Food Decisions that shape eating behaviour

Food Literacy Month

The Hamilton Food Strategy vision is “a city with a sustainable food system where all people at all times have economic and physical access to enough safe, nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences.” One of the four goals of the Food Strategy is to “increase food literacy to promote healthy eating and empower all residents.” Food Literacy Month celebrates and promotes our community working toward this vision and goal by providing a platform to showcase food literacy activities, events, and/or celebrations throughout the City of Hamilton.

Become a Partner in Food Literacy

The Hamilton Food Literacy Network is excited to announce our second annual Food Literacy Month is happening this October. Food Literacy Month promotes healthy eating and empowers residents through various food inspired activities. In 2018, there were 70 activities registered, and we hope to match or surpass that number in 2019! By registering your activity, you will be a partner in promoting food literacy along with the City of Hamilton, local organizations, and community members from all parts of the food system.

Activities are encouraged to:

  • Be free or reasonably priced
  • Be accessible/welcoming to all
  • Appeal to children/families
  • Engage the broader community
  • Contribute to building food friendly neighbourhoods and empowering eaters and communities

Your Food Literacy Month activity could be big or small, already happening, or something new, such as a:

  • cooking demonstration
  • pop up food market
  • food skills and/or nutrition education workshop
  • community meal
  • farm and food garden tour
  • photo contest

Be part of this growing movement by creating and registering a food themed activity that aligns with the following criteria:

  • Promote Food Literacy Month themes of building:
    • Food & nutrition knowledge
    • Food & cooking skills
    • Confidence to make healthy food choices
    • Positive attitudes toward food and eating
    • Awareness of how our decisions about food are impacted by the food system, and how the food system influences our decisions
  • Celebrate or explore food by highlighting one or more parts the food system: growing food, processing & distributing food, buying; selling food, eating/consumption, and/or food waste
  • Celebrate food as central to both culture and community

There are many food-themed activities you can do to participate in Food Literacy Month. Here are examples from 2018:

  • Hamilton Public Library adapted their ongoing family Storytime programming for Food Literacy Month by featuring food-related children’s books
  • Neighbour to Neighbour and Green Venture partnered to educate youth at the Hamilton Community Food Centre about vermicomposting using red wigglers, reducing food waste, and promoting composting
  • The Aboriginal Health Centre Registered Dietitian and Traditional Healing Coordinators organized an interactive cooking demo on Traditional Corn Soup
  • Students at Mohawk College created a “how to” video about homemade mason jar meals

Register Your Food Literacy Month Activity

Everyone and anyone can host an activity as long as it meets the criteria.
Register your event by September 9th to be added to the event listings. Once you submit your application, the Hamilton Food Literacy Network will review the information and confirm your registration using the email or phone number you provide on the application. Once approved, your activity and organization will be included in the event listings. We encourage you to register your event as early as possible to be included in promotional material and social media promotions. You are also encouraged to do your own promotion to drive people to join your activity.

Please submit a completed application, edits may not be possible once submitted. To help you prepare, here are some important event details to confirm before registering:

  • What is your event? Describe your activity or event including the purpose, list anything you might want participants to bring
  • What is the date and time of your activity?
  • How does your activity align with the Food Literacy Month criteria?
  • Who should attend your activity/event, for example, children, families, or another group?
  • Is there a cost to participate or is it free?

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Harvest Happenings

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
4:30 pm
EarlyON Centre - Sanford, 735 King St E, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Harvest Happenings

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
EarlyON Centre - Hamilton West, 1900 Main St W, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre, 150 Violet Drive, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 3, 2019
9:30 am to 11:30 am
EarlyON Centre - Hamilton East, 45 Ellis Ave, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 3, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Church of the Ascension, 258 John Street S, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 3, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Compass Community Health, 438 Hughson Street, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Harvest Happenings

Thursday, October 3, 2019
12:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Family Dinner Drop in

Thursday, October 3, 2019
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Join us for a hearty, healthy, free meal made with love. All are welcome.

Eat, Think, Vote! All Candidates Meeting

Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Eat, Think, Vote!  This year's election is Monday, October 21st.  Join us for dinner at 5:30 pm followed by a moderated panel wher

Food Literacy Family Storytime

Friday, October 4, 2019
10:15 am to 10:45 am
Hamilton Public Library - Dundas Branch, 18 Ogilvie Street, Dundas

Bring the whole family to storytime and get ready to read.

Healthy Cooking on a Budget

Friday, October 4, 2019
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Simone Hall, 145 Wilson Street, Hamilton

Healthy Cooking on a Budget is a community kitchen program open to Hamilton residents. The Healthy Cooking program is interactive and educational.

One Dish Lunch

Friday, October 4, 2019
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Enjoy a free lunch of healthy, fresh, culturally diverse plates while making new friends.

Food Literacy Fair - Kick-off for Hamilton Food Literacy Month

Saturday, October 5, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre, 876 Cannon Street East, Hamilton

Join the Hamilton Food Literacy Network to kick-off Food Literacy Month!

Apple Fest

Saturday, October 5, 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Mustard Seed Co+op Grocery Inc, 460 York Boulevard, Hamilton

This festival is to ring in the harvest and prepare for Thanksgiving.

Healthy Eating Storytime

Saturday, October 5, 2019
10:15 am to 10:45 am
Hamilton Public Library - Terryberry Branch, 100 Mohawk Road West, Hamilton

Yummy food! Bring the whole family to storytime and get ready to read.

Good Food Market and Cafe

Saturday, October 5, 2019
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

A low-cost, weekly fruit and vegetable market.

Food is fresh, nutritious and affordable.  Stay for a coffee and muffin.

Apple Fest

Sunday, October 6, 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Mustard Seed Co+op Grocery Inc, 460 York Boulevard, Hamilton

This festival is to ring in the harvest and prepare for Thanksgiving.

A Taste of Warm Bread

Sunday, October 6, 2019
12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Westfield Heritage Village, 1049 Kirkwall Road, Rockton

Come and taste a little history! Warm, soft, crusty – bread is the theme of this day.

Harvest Happenings

Monday, October 7, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Food Literacy Family Storytime

Monday, October 7, 2019
10:30 am to 11:00 am
Hamilton Public Library - Waterdown Branch, 163 Dundas Street East, Hamilton

Bring the whole family to storytime and get ready to read.

Pickle Paradise - Pickle and Fermentation Workshop

Monday, October 7, 2019
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Road West, Hamilton

 Get yourself into a pickle! Learn about pickled and fermented foods. Make and take home a jar of fresh pickles to share!

Reducing, Re-using and Recycling in the Garden

Monday, October 7, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library - Waterdown Branch, 163 Dundas Street East, Hamilton

Learn how to make useful garden tools out of recycled materials. We will demo how they work in our new community garden! All materials provided.

Harvest Happenings

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Feeding Young Children (1-6 years)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
10:30 am to 11:30 am
EarlyON Centre - Biindigen, 785 Britannia Ave, Hamilton

Join a Public Health Dietitian to learning about feeding young children, the division of responsibility, mealtime routines, tips for building healt

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Tasty Talks

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library - Red Hill Library, 695 Queenston Road, Hamilton

Join us for a different food-themed topic each month.

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
4:30 pm
EarlyON Centre - Sanford, 735 King St E, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Harvest Happenings

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Food Literacy Family Storytime

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
10:30 am to 11:00 am
Hamilton Public Library - Locke Branch, 285 Locke Street South, Hamilton

Bring the whole family to storytime and get ready to read.

Food Literacy Family Storytime

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
10:30 am to 11:00 am
Hamilton Public Library - Red Hill Library, 695 Queenston Road, Hamilton

Bring the whole family to storytime and get ready to read.

Neighbour Lunch

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 70 James Street South, Hamilton

To celebrate food literacy month in October, the Community Food Advisor program, will be offering a free neighbourhood lunch at St.

Thanksgiving at the Farm Stand

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Mohawk College Fennell Campus, 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton

Join us in the Mohawk Student Association Plaza as we celebrate local food on campus.

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
EarlyON Centre - Hamilton West, 1900 Main St W, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre, 150 Violet Drive, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 10, 2019
9:30 am to 11:30 am
EarlyON Centre - Hamilton East, 45 Ellis Ave, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 10, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Church of the Ascension, 258 John Street S, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 10, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Compass Community Health, 438 Hughson Street, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Harvest Happenings

Thursday, October 10, 2019
12:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Family Dinner Drop in

Thursday, October 10, 2019
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Join us for a hearty, healthy, free meal made with love. All are welcome.

Eat, Think, Vote! All Candidates Meeting

Thursday, October 10, 2019
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Eat, Think, Vote!  This year's election is Monday, October 21st.  Join us for dinner at 5:30 pm followed by a moderated panel wher

A Story of Thanksgiving with Corrine Williams

Friday, October 11, 2019
10:30 am to 11:30 am
De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre, 678 Main St E, Hamilton

Broaden your understanding of food literacy by listening to an Indigenous perspective on the Thanksgiving holiday, and how food fits into this narr

Healthy Cooking on a Budget

Friday, October 11, 2019
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Simone Hall, 145 Wilson Street, Hamilton

Healthy Cooking on a Budget is a community kitchen program open to Hamilton residents. The Healthy Cooking program is interactive and educational.

One Dish Lunch

Friday, October 11, 2019
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Enjoy a free lunch of healthy, fresh, culturally diverse plates while making new friends.

Walk with a “plant-based” Doc

Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton

This walk will be led by Milton District Hospital GP/Anaesthetist, Neeraj Lakhanpal, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FPA (Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition).  D

Good Food Market and Cafe

Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

A low-cost, weekly fruit and vegetable market.

Food is fresh, nutritious and affordable.  Stay for a coffee and muffin.

Food Paper Art

Saturday, October 12, 2019
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library - Westdale Branch, 955 King Street West, Hamilton

Create paper foods that will make your mouth water. Event is free to attend. Visit 

Harvest Happenings

Monday, October 14, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Harvest Happenings

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

DIY Garden Fairy House

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library - Waterdown Branch, 163 Dundas Street East, Hamilton

Learn about the Waterdown library’s new garden project and make your own tiny house for all the fairies in your garden.

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
4:30 pm
EarlyON Centre - Sanford, 735 King St E, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Harvest Happenings

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
EarlyON Centre - Hamilton West, 1900 Main St W, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre, 150 Violet Drive, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 17, 2019
9:30 am to 11:30 am
EarlyON Centre - Hamilton East, 45 Ellis Ave, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Feeding Baby (birth - 12 months) & Making Baby Food

Thursday, October 17, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
St. James the Apostle EarlyON Child & Family Centre, 29 John Murray Street, Stoney Creek

Join a Public Health Dietitian to learn when to introduce solids foods to baby, what foods to offer, and the texture of foods to offer.

Food Literacy Family Storytime

Thursday, October 17, 2019
10:30 am to 11:00 am
Hamilton Public Library - Lynden Branch, 110 Lynden Road, Lynden

Bring the whole family to storytime and get ready to read.

The Good Food Box

Thursday, October 17, 2019
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hamilton Public Library - Central Branch, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Environment Hamilton’s Good Food Box program was created to make fresh, local produce affordable and accessible to all Hamilton residents, includin

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 17, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Church of the Ascension, 258 John Street S, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 17, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Compass Community Health, 438 Hughson Street, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Harvest Happenings

Thursday, October 17, 2019
12:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Family Dinner Drop in

Thursday, October 17, 2019
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Join us for a hearty, healthy, free meal made with love. All are welcome.

Food Literacy Storytime

Friday, October 18, 2019
10:30 am to 11:00 am
Hamilton Public Library - Central Branch, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton

Bring the whole family to  this food literacy themed storytime and get ready to read.

Healthy Cooking on a Budget

Friday, October 18, 2019
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Simone Hall, 145 Wilson Street, Hamilton

Healthy Cooking on a Budget is a community kitchen program open to Hamilton residents. The Healthy Cooking program is interactive and educational.

One Dish Lunch

Friday, October 18, 2019
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Enjoy a free lunch of healthy, fresh, culturally diverse plates while making new friends.

The Good Food Box

Friday, October 18, 2019
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hamilton Public Library - Barton Branch, 571 Barton Street East, Hamilton

Environment Hamilton’s Good Food Box program was created to make fresh, local produce affordable and accessible to all Hamilton residents, includin

Good Food Market and Cafe

Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

A low-cost, weekly fruit and vegetable market.

Food is fresh, nutritious and affordable.  Stay for a coffee and muffin.

Plant-based (Vegan) Potluck

Sunday, October 20, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Strata Montessori Adolescent School, 575 Lion’s Club Road, Ancaster

All are welcome to attend our vegan potluck hosted by Plant Based Burlington-Hamilton.  We will discuss and share our knowledge, experiences and ch

Harvest Happenings

Monday, October 21, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Kurdish Bread Making Workshop

Monday, October 21, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
The Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Road West, Hamilton

Learn the art of making delicious bread from scratch: Kurdish-style, flat-bread flavoured with coriander & herbs!  You'll learn what ingredient

Preserve Your Garden

Monday, October 21, 2019
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hamilton Public Library - Waterdown Branch, 163 Dundas Street East, Hamilton

Love the taste of fresh produce from your garden and want to taste it year-round?

Harvest Happenings

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
4:30 pm
EarlyON Centre - Sanford, 735 King St E, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Harvest Happenings

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
EarlyON Centre - Hamilton West, 1900 Main St W, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre, 150 Violet Drive, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 24, 2019
9:30 am to 11:30 am
EarlyON Centre - Hamilton East, 45 Ellis Ave, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 24, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Church of the Ascension, 258 John Street S, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Hamilton Prenatal Nutrition Project - Welcome Baby Group

Thursday, October 24, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Compass Community Health, 438 Hughson Street, Hamilton

Are you pregnant? Join a free, weekly prenatal nutrition group that's close to where you live while you are pregnant!

Harvest Happenings

Thursday, October 24, 2019
12:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Spooky Garlic Planting and Fall Harvest Celebration

Thursday, October 24, 2019
3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

 Meet LeeAnne and Amy from the Hamilton Community Food Centre and join us for some garlic folklore, a spooky craft, and learn how to plant fall gar

Family Dinner Drop in

Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Join us for a hearty, healthy, free meal made with love. All are welcome.

Community Gardener Dinner & Food Preservation

Thursday, October 24, 2019
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Compass Community Health, 438 Hughson Street, Hamilton

Join us for an end of season dinner to learn about our community gardens and a short workshop on food preservation. 

Traditional Foods Cooking Demo

Friday, October 25, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre, 678 Main St E, Hamilton

Join our Traditional Healing Program Coordinator and Registered Dietitian for a free cooking demo, featuring Haudenosaunee teachings and assorted t

Healthy Cooking on a Budget

Friday, October 25, 2019
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Simone Hall, 145 Wilson Street, Hamilton

Healthy Cooking on a Budget is a community kitchen program open to Hamilton residents. The Healthy Cooking program is interactive and educational.

One Dish Lunch

Friday, October 25, 2019
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Enjoy a free lunch of healthy, fresh, culturally diverse plates while making new friends.

Good Food Market and Cafe

Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

A low-cost, weekly fruit and vegetable market.

Food is fresh, nutritious and affordable.  Stay for a coffee and muffin.

Harvest Happenings

Monday, October 28, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Grow Garlic with Green Venture!

Monday, October 28, 2019
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Green Venture EcoHouse, 22 Veevers Dr, Hamilton

Fall is garlic planting time! Join Green Venture in our community garden plots to learn how to plant, grow and harvest garlic!

Harvest Happenings

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Harvest Happenings

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Harvest Happenings

Thursday, October 31, 2019
12:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, 28 Athens St, Hamilton

The Neighbour to Neighbour food bank will promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables to the 1,200 families that shop in the food bank throughout

Family Dinner Drop in

Thursday, October 31, 2019
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Hamilton Community Food Centre, 310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton

Join us for a hearty, healthy, free meal made with love. All are welcome.

Once you've registered your event for Food Literacy Month, you should promote it! As a partner, one of the biggest ways you can help promote food literacy is by getting the word out to your network about Food Literacy Month. To help support the promotion of Food Literacy Month, the Hamilton Food Literacy Network has a NEW Facebook page @HamiltonFoodLiteracyNetwork.

We encourage you to direct your audience to the Facebook page and this Food Literacy Month page for the full list of activities, events, and celebrations for participants to explore. We encourage you to promote your events through various social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and through your newsletters. For example, create a Facebook event for your Food Literacy Month activity and use online events page calendars to promote (e.g., Hamilton Spectator events page or on KX 94.7).

The following are conventional media or social media promotional ideas that can be used:

  • Share why your organization chose to be a partner. Tell your story. What does mean to you to be a partner? What does Food Literacy mean to you?
  • Highlight what your organization is doing in October for Food Literacy Month. Promote any activities, events, and celebrations associated with your organization.
  • Create Facebook events and share posts of other food activities happening around the city
  • Don’t forget to hashtag when you post about Food Literacy Month Hamilton and watch for other partner’s postings to support and share: #hammerfoodlit #foodliteracymonthhamilton #HamONT #foodislit
  • Don’t forget to use the Hamilton Food Literacy Month logo when promoting your food literacy activity or event. Download the Hamilton Food Literacy Month logo.

If you need additional content for your newsletters, blog, or website please contact us and we will work with you to develop that content. If you also have any any additional questions about messaging, social media, or other details about Food Literacy Month, please email us at foodstrategy@hamilton.ca

We encourage you to capture your Food Literacy Month activity through photography. Please be sure you have the permission of the participants before taking photos of people’s faces. Download a sample photo release form.

You can also post a sign at your evetn that reads:
By taking part in this event you grant the event organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases, and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organizer.

Contact us

For further information about Food Literacy Month contact:
Ruby Samra
Email ruby.samra@hamilton.ca
@HamiltonFoodLiteracyNetwork