It has been a busy month for sure. Our Christmas program is well under way with over 2400 angel gift requests and 1100 hamper requests already processed.
We've had some big food drives from Keller Williams, Grace Memorial Church and Skillsoft. A generous donation from the Fredericton Kinsmen. A drive for baby items from Strollerfit and continued support from the fantastic folks at Walmart on Two Nations Crossing.
We've also just finished another Community Food Mentor Course! This marks our 10th time running this course centered around food security and it's always interesting to see the wide variety of people interested in a topic very close to our hearts.
We're at that time of year again! The Angel Tree is up at Regent Mall, Christmas applications are being processed and we're almost in full swing.
Last year, thanks to the generosity of the community, Christmas was provided for over 1000 families! We couldn't ask for a better, more supportive community.
We're happy to be part of the annual Mactaquac ScareFair! This Saturday, October 27th. Free Admission with donation of non-perishable food items!
UPS has been a long time supporter of the work we do at Greener Village and some of them came in the other day to give us a few hours of their time as volunteers!
We know nobody wants to think of it quite yet but in order to make our Christmas program as successful as it is it means we need to start early. We've begun registering food bank clients for the program, taking the angel requests and writing up the angels for when the Angel Tree goes up at the Regent Mall on November 14th. Our Christmas program provides Christmas dinner to nearly 1000 families in the Fredericton area and over 2600 presents to children!
We need volunteers for both admin work at Greener Village and table work at the mall. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're able to give us a hand this season.
When we get to that time of year when people say what they are thankful for - we are thankful for the continued support from the community. From individual donations to large corporate donations, the people and businesses of Fredericton are what allow us to provide assistance to over 1200 families every month.
We're happy to have the Spark program from George Street School come in Friday mornings to explore cooking in the kitchen with Chef Yves. Today the kids made homemade pizza and pasta salad.
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Nice to have people come in from Deloitte as part of their month of giving!! They got a ton (literally) accomplished in the food warehouse and in sorting the incoming donations coming in to the boutique!
A little late as our web person has been using up some vacation time before the busyness of Christmas takes us full throttle. There are some people we really need to thank though - Sunrise Rotary, The Radical Edge, Burger King, Fredericton Food Rescue and more.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in the Beer on the Bridge event!! Sunrise Rotary stopped by at our recent Open House event to present us with this donation!
It's not exactly lemons and lemonade but it is a fair amount of tart, local grapes from a gleaning project that Chef Yves turned into 126 jars of grape jelly that we can then put up as one of our client choice items.
Thank you to Burger King (Smythe Street and Cliffe Street) and all their customers for the generous donation!
Thank you to the Radical Edge, Osprey, Graystone Brewing and Jennie! This year we provided school supplies for over 400 children and your donation of 100 book bags was a huge help!!
Apologies for the lack of update last week but I was on vacation last Friday!! Never fear though, things are still moving along here at Greener Village.
Every month from September until June we provide lunch snacks for kids ages 5-14, about 700 children. The snack packs are pretty basic - juice boxes, pudding cups/fruit cups and granola bars but we make sure everything is peanut free. All of which needs to be portioned out and bagged up each week.
We're slowly coming to the end of the growing season but we still have tomatoes, carrots and loads of hot peppers (for some reason they did exceptionally well this year). We love seeing the looks on the clients faces when we have produce that was literally still growing that morning for them.
Fredericton Food Rescue went out gleaning today and brought us some of their items. The program usually gives 1/3 of the harvested items to the farmer, 1/3 to us at Greener Village and 1/3 to the volunteers. This is generally produce remaining after the main harvest that would otherwise be wasted.
An amazing donation of bread through the NBAFB. Normally we have day old items and similar but this is fresh 12 grain bread with a date of September 27th! The picture doesn't do it justice as we received 960 loaves of it!!
On top of growing edible produce for our clients and our kitchen we also make sure to plant a number of various flowers and plants for our bee and butterfly friends. Having a variety of plants for our pollinators helps the entire system to produce more.
A huge thank you to York Dental and Midtown Dental for their generous donation!!
Twice a month we host a Collective Kitchen where a group of 5-7 people get together, cook a bunch of food and then everyone goes home with eight portions of the dishes ready for freezing or eating!
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Despite the incredibly hot and humid weather we've all been suffering through over the last month (or more), our garden is doing quite well. On top of this we also have a bumper crop of hot peppers and green bell peppers.
Thank you to the United Way of Central New Brunswick and the Nashwaaksis Y Service Club for their generous donations over the last couple of weeks!!
Saturday - August 18
4pm - Pig Roast Fundraiser
$10 Children (5-12)
Children under 5 are free
$60 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)
Plate includes - serving of pork, 3 salads (slaw, pasta, potato), corn on the cob, corn bread, berry trifle dessert and a drink.
Rain or Shine!!
After 15 years of service our cargo van was on its last legs. Thanks to a grant through Food Banks Canada and the Walmart Foundation along with the great people at Trius Truck Center we now have this 2018 vehicle!
It was very exciting to be able to host the Maritime Gospel Music Association as they held a benefit concert here on our beautiful property. The backdrop of a thriving community garden was a great place to listen to some music and enjoy a pizza from our wood-fired oven.
We've posted our August classes before, but since we are now officially into August, it felt right to post them again. All our classes are open to the general community. If you see something you'd like to learn, don't hesitate to contact us.
Also, our Meals Made Simple program, which is an extension of our Learning Kitchen, is continuing to be developed. We are standardizing our recipes and will soon be working on the cost associated portion of the program. Come in for a tour to find out more about the program or if you have some free time to devote to it we'd love to chat with you! Keep an eye out for recipes we will be posting on our recipes section of this web page.
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In the month of July we reached out to individuals, businesses and government groups to talk to them about the challenges Food Banks face in the summer months. Demand doesn't dip nearly as much as the support level does when people go away on holiday. We asked that they bring some Christmas spirit to the month of July. We received some instant response from individuals and now that July is over, some of the business and government groups are bringing in their food drive results.
On the left are some representatives from Department of Finance who not only did a food drive, but also brought in cash to help us out. Thanks for your great work!
On the right are Maggie and Morgan from Enbridge Gas NB. The folks at Enbridge Gas NB challenged their employees to bring in food items by promising to match every $5 worth of food with a $10 donation from the company. Great work, Enbridge Gas NB.
Large or small, every bit of support is appreciated as we seek to help. We are very grateful for all the members of the community as we wouldn't be able to do our work without you! If you would still like to give to our Christmas in July campaign, feel free to come in to visit us or click the donate button on this webpage!
News and updates posted by the staff at Greener Village.