No More Starving Artists
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: When can I access free food on a drop-in basis?
A: OMCI members (all stakeholder groups) and artist members of the community access free food on a drop in basis each Saturday and Sunday morning from 9:30am - 12 noon. Occasionally during the holiday periods there are extra dates available. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date with these posts.
Please be sure to add a pick up date/time to your cart before you check out. We do same or next day pick up only please. If you order for the following weekend, your order will not be processed.
Q: I have some food to drop off - where do I leave it?
A: Until our office/processing location has finished being prepared, we cannot accept drop off donations from the public. If you are a food producer, distributor, retailer or restaurant, please email to make arrangements for secure pick up.
Q: Are you a "Food Bank"?
A: Our Food Rescue program provides nutritious food on a "just in time" basis to the community, and we move donations through our system and into the hands of recipients quickly without storing food onsite. We also do not repackage items.
Q: Can I resell the food I collect from you? A: No - the food we provide to you is for your consumption. It is not permitted to be sold under ANY circumstances. If we are able to trace our products back to you selling them, we will inform the police, and any vendor platforms you participate on. We will also notify local food banks of your name and contact info, and make all sources aware of your practices.
Q: Can I re-gift the food I collect from you? A: You are welcome to share with friends and family, however, you cannot redistribute to organizations, charities, or other distribution methods. For organizations that wish to support us in rescuing food, please contact us to apply to sign a redistribution agreement.
Q: Do I have to bring proof that I cannot afford to buy food"?
A: Our program is an environmental initiative that provides food to all who wish to participate with dignity and ease. We would request your name, and contact info in case we need to communicate about a recall item, or upcoming pick up opportunities. We will also ask for your artistic practice info - such as a website or group affiliation. No other information is required.
Q: What if I can't get there on a Saturday/Sunday"?
A: Please call us at ext. 333 or email and we can plan a time that will work for you. Items will be very limited other days.
Q: I'd like to make a cash donation - how do I do this?
A: Please call us at ext. 333 or email Please note we are a not-for-profit, not a charity, so we do not issue charitable receipts. (If you would like a charitable receipt, we would refer you to the Barrie Food Bank.)
Q: I'd like to volunteer?
A: To get involved as a volunteer or sponsor of this innovative and urgently needed program, please contact
for more information.
OMCI is now a partner in the Foodrescue.ca network operated by Second Harvest!
Stay tuned for updates and changes to our program so that we can serve our clients better during COVID-19.
Please note that not all program information is published via the website.