The gardens are going strong and with the rain that we've had and the sun that's coming things should start shooting up even more. This week we had some kale, some chard and some lettuce for our clients to select from.
On the 4th Tuesday (evening) and Thursday (afternoon) of each month we are happy to put on a collective kitchen. Members of the community come together to cook (and clean up) and everyone goes home with eight portions of homemade food. This month included this colorful (and tasty) pico.
Many people don't know that we take pet food as well. For many people pets are their companions and their families and far too often people will go without in order to provide food for their dog or cat.
These are the items that we received as part of the After The Bell program. This is a first for New Brunswick and we're happy to be able to take part in it.
Summer hunger is a very real issue. Most children look forward to summer vacation as a time for fun and rest, but for those living with food insecurity, it can be a time of worry. After the Bell helps fill the gap during the summer months with nutritious food packs for hungry kids," says Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada.
We're hiring a part time associate for our Unique Boutique! Details can be found here.
As you can see our gardens are coming along amazingly well. Lettuce, Swiss chard, onions, kale. We've already been able to harvest some kale and lettuce for our clients at the Food Bank but we've really only just started!!
Had an amazing donation from Holly, a grade 11 student here in Fredericton. As part of an assignment she put together a cookbook of recipes from her family. She donated a copy of it to us for use in our Learning Kitchen and we look forward to trying some of the recipes!
Volunteers from BMO were in all day today helping with a wide variety of tasks. We're happy to have different groups come and volunteer some of their time to help us with getting things ready for our clients and our Boutique customers.
We're happy to be a partner with the Community Food Smart program. Each month $15 gets you a reusable Sobeys bag full of produce. The bags are ordered on the 1st Thursday of the month and ready for pick up on the 2nd Thursday. The best part is that the program is open to anyone in the community!!
This week we had another group from the community complete the Community Food Mentor Program. Community Food Mentors (CFMs) are a province-wide network of certified individuals who share their skills in food and nutrition within their own communities. More information can be found here.
The first harvest of the season from our garden beds!! We are exceptionally happy to be able to grow fresh from the garden produce for our clients at the Food Bank. By necessity much of what we are able to provide is canned goods but once the spring and summer arrive our Garden Coordinator and Seed students put a lot of work into our gardens so we can provide fresh foods!
At the start of the week we were in need of juice boxes for our kids lunch packs. Salesforce came through in a big way with enough juice boxes to carry us through to the end of the school year and to start stocking up for September!!!!
First day of June already!! Seems like not that long ago we were winding down our annual Christmas hamper program and here it is almost summer again.
We were happy once again to have a hand from 4th Artillery with a bunch of work here, including new raised beds to expand our produce capacity!!!
Summer time = summer salads! Our Learning Kitchen put together these salads during the Thursday cooking class. We have these classes/demos every Thursday at 12:30 and they are free for clients and by donation to community members.
These recipes can be found here.
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