Food For You

This page has been created with students in mind, to provide a comprehensive list of available resources both on campus and in the Kingston community. Visit the websites listed below for additional information on where to get affordable food, student discounts, and much more!
  • Swipe it Forward Queen’s
    • Swipe It Forward Queen’s is a pilot initiative aimed at helping to address food insecurity on campus through the donation of meals from students with meal plans. The program, which runs during the academic year, is designed to provide short-term, urgent support to students in need. It is accessible by referral from program partners
  • AMS Food Bank
    • If you find that you are unable to provide healthy food for yourself and your family, there is assistance available. The Alma Mater Society (AMS) at Queen’s runs a Food Bank where non-perishable food items can be picked up FREE OF CHARGE
  • Tea Room 
      • Bring your own travel mug and save 15% on your drink purchase
      • Order your drink with plant based milks and save 15% on your drink purchase
    • Student discount on different drink specials everyday
        • Mocha Monday
        • Tea Tuesday
        • Warm and Cozy Wednesday
        • Try a Chai Thursday
      • Fog Friday
  • CoGro/The Brew
  • Queen’s Community Cupboard
    • 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
    • This cupboard is a non-judgemental space; individuals are encouraged to take what they need, when they need it.
    • It is located in Duncan McArthur Hall
      • 511 Union St West
  • BYO-ECO Card
    • Bring a reusable mug and/or cutlery to eat your meal and you will receive a stamp for each on your card at participating locations. Coffee or tea in a reusable mug is also the price of a small.
    • After collecting 14 coffee or teas with a reusable mug and receiving 7 stamps on your ECO beverage Card, you will get the 8th cup of coffee or tea for free
    • The participating locations are:
      • The Lazy Scholar
      • Location 21
      • Gord’s Fresh Cafe
      • Goodes Cafe
      • Market Street
      • Recharge
      • Student Street Express
      • West Campus Dining Hall
      • MC2 Mac Corry
      • The Library Café
  • Queen’s Healthy Cooking Team
    • This event is held throughout the academic year on Queen’s campus and is led by the Peer Health Educators
    • Participants help prepare and eat the meal. Any leftovers can be brought home.
    • Registration is required and it costs $8
  • Fresh Food Box Be Well is pleased to be introducing their new project: the Fresh Food Box! Each Fresh Food Box contains all the fresh produce and key ingredients to prepare a quick, easy and healthy recipe. On the 4th Tuesday of every month, students can pick up a Fresh Food Box meal prep kit, pre-purchased online (Eventbrite) for just under $10. Every month is a new recipe, which will make approximately 4 servings. Check out this great video made by their Peer Health Educators.
  • Cooking with Grandmas
    • This event is held once a month through the academic year on Queen’s campus where Grandmothers from the Queen’s Women’s association teach students how to cook
    • The Grandmothers provide the space, bring ingredients and recipes and students help prepare and eat the three course meal. Students can take home any leftovers
    • Registration is required and it costs $5 (subsidies available)
    • To learn more about the program or to participate in Cooking With Grandmas, email the Faith and Spiritual Life (chaplain@queensu.ca) or call 613-533-2186
    • You can also visit Queen’s University Faith and Spiritual Life on Facebook to find out when the next event is
  • Cooking with Kingstonians
    • This event is held once a month through the academic year, all Queen’s students are welcome
    • Kingston community members teach students how to cook plant-based meals. They plan the menu, bring the ingredients and facilitate the evening and the students help prepare and eat the three course, plant-based meal, clean up and take home any leftovers
    • Registration is required in advanced and it costs $5 at the door (subsidies available)
    • To learn more about the program or to participate in the event, email the Faith and Spiritual Life (chaplain@queensu.ca) or call 613-533-2186
    • You can also visit Queen’s University Faith and Spiritual Life on Facebook to find out when the next event is
  • Microwave Room in the JDUC
Queen’s Soul Foods
  • It is a 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.
Whole Bowls in MC2 – located in MacIntosh Corry Hall
  • Whole Bowls are an affordable meal option under $5 during the academic year. Find a different menu rotation every week.
Loving Spoonfuls
  • 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 delivery – every day – to those who need it in Kingston. That’s what Loving Spoonful and our dedicated, conscientious volunteers provide to 58 locations across Kingston & Area.
  • Loving Spoonful’s Community Kitchen programs convene people around good food. Children, families and adults learn healthy food skills and build community.
Martha’s Table
  • Their mission is to provide 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 Friendship Room facility serves breakfast and lunch daily, free of charge. Coffee and snacks are available from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Student discounts are available with presentation of a valid Queen’s University student card at the following grocery stores: Student discounts are available with presentation of a valid Queen’s University student card every day at the following locations: Swipe It Forward Queen’s
  • If you currently have a meal plan with Queen’s University, you have the option of donating one meal per day, up to five per semester, from the current weeks 19 meals.
  • The meals must be from the current weeks allotment. 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”.
AMS Food Bank
  • The AMS Food Bank operates mainly on donations. If you are interested in donating, please visit the website for more information.
Queen’s Community Cupboard
  • Queen’s Community Cupboard is a space which accepts non-perishable food items and new school supplies daily
  • If you would like to donate, please visit the website for more information and a list of most needed items!
Creation of the Food For You webpage 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!