Record #: PER1902
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022
Last Full Update: 14 Nov 2022


Description (Service)

COVID19 All staff and volunteers now required to be fully vaccinated including a booster shot, in order to work directly with the public. Those accessing services are not required to show proof of vaccination.

COVID19 Community Meals - Monday from 5pm - 6pm; Wednesday 'Seniors' Lunch from 11:30 - 12:30; Friday Market Cafe from 11am - 1pm

The in-person, low-cost Access Market has returned to Fridays from 11am - 1pm. The Friday Market Café resumed on Fri, Jun 1, 2022.

COVID19 Peer Advocacy office - if you or someone you know is in need of support services for income, access to healthy food, addictions, mental health, domestic violence, housing, tax filing, or just need someone with whom to talk - remote consults available with Community Connector Matthew by appointment. Contact by EMAIL or Ext 1005.

Programs and services:

Community Health Clinic Fri from 1 pm–4 pm community paramedics, addictions councilors, peer support available.

Compost Club - Wed 9 am– 1 pm, learn about composting and food skills regarding food waste Contact: Lucas Tingle 519-3663 Ext 1002, EMAIL

Seniors Green Team - Wed 9:30 am–11 am, start your morning by getting your hands dirty in the greenhouse Contact: Lucas Tingle 519-3663 Ext 1002, EMAIL

13 Grandmother Moons - Held on the fifth day after the new moon each month, we will learn about Indigenous ways together and make some handcrafts. Facilitated by Contact: Matthew Maynard 519-508-3663 Ext 1005, EMAIL

Seed, Feed, and Lead - Fri 4 pm–7 pm, a fun hands-on program for youth 9 – 13 yrs to learn how to cook nutritious meals. Participants bring home a batch of what they’ve made to share with their families. Contact: Ben Ingoldsby 519-508-3663 Ext 1003, EMAIL

Loving Spoonfuls - Tue 10 am-1 pm, new and expecting parents learn family-friendly recipes and cooking tips along with access to a family health nurse for any parenting questions. Kid friendly environment with activities by Stratford EarlyOn Centre Contact: Ben Ingoldsby 519-508-3663 Ext 1003, EMAIL

Welcome Kitchen - Thu 3 pm–5 pm. Program is focused on cooking and eating a communal meal, get together for a small group of individuals being introduced to The Local for the first time. Contact: Erin Innis 519-508-3663 Ext 1001, EMAIL

Kids can create their own pizzas cooked in the Stratford Chefs School wood-fired oven in the back garden at The Local. Families of all configurations welcome. Wed 5 pm-7 pm during the summer months. No registration required - just drop in. Contact Ben Ingoldsby EMAIL or call 519-508-3663 Ext 1003 for more information.

A community kitchen to prepare community meals and to teach others how to prepare wholesome meals at home. Also provides The Storehouse that accepts large-scale donations from industry and agricultural sector to distribute to not-for-profit agencies, food banks and school nutrition programs throughout Perth County. Have a low-cost produce market, community meal program plus many other community programming around food and advocacy. For current programming schedule see the website HERE Urban Farming at Dufferin Park - Mon and Tue, 5 pm-7 pm. Program looks at urban farming techniques and participants work in teams. Teams share final produce items from the program. Contact: Lucas Tingle 519-508-3663 Ext 1002, EMAIL

Service Details

Public Comments

Closed Dec Dec 19, 2022 until Jan 2, 2023.  Also closed on Nov 18, 2022 for a gala event.

Hours Meals Mon 5pm - 6pm; Wed 11:30am - 12:30pm. Fri 11am - 1pm.
Access Market Mon 5pm - 6pm ; Fri 11am - 1pm.
Peer Advocacy remote consults by appointment only.
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm. For other programs, hours vary, call or email to confirm session details or to register.
Closed Dec Dec 19, 2022 until Jan 2, 2023.  Also closed on Nov 18, 2022 for a gala event.
Areas Served Perth County ; Stratford
Eligibility No restrictions other than age or group specific programs.
Application Individuals: Drop in for meals and sign up for programs. Non profit organizations: Fill out application to determine eligibility for Store House.
Languages English
Fees Service - Nominal cost for Community Access Market ; None - All programs and meals are free of charge but donations are welcomed.

Address and Location

Site Location Former Country Depot / Stratford Farm Co-op
Located In Community Stratford
Address & Map
612 Erie St
Stratford, ON N5A 2P1
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Intersection Erie St and Lorne Ave
Physical Access Fully Accessible

Contact Information

Office Phone 519-508-3663
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Primary Contact Debra Swan, Executive Director; Phone: ext 1008; Email:
Alternate Contact Derek Barnes, Community Engagement Facilitator; Phone: ext 1004; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Katherine White, Volunteer Support Facilitator; Email:

Agency Overview

Services at this Location

My Perth Huron
Connect Youth Perth Huron
iVolunteer Perth Huron
United Way Perth Huron