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 email@example.com if you're able to give us a hand this season.
Using the last few peppers and onions from the garden in order to make salsa verde to hand out to our clients as part of the client choice system we have.
So, what is the client choice system? There are items that aren't included in every hamper we give out either due to allergies (peanut butter) or scarcity so they are something clients can choose to take but are not automatically included. We use a system of colored tags, with families being able to choose a number of tags based on their size
One our white shelves are peanut butter and canned beans with a third item that varies from day to day. Clients can take one thing from each shelf.
The pink tags are relatively common items that we still don't have enough to put into every hamper - toilet paper, tea, sugar etc.
The green tags are items that are harder for us to come by - coffee, laundry soap, cheese whiz etc.
The yellow tags are a few items parceled together to make a dish - chili (chili powder, kidney beans, canned tomatoes), corn chowder (cream corn, broth, corn niblets) etc.
These are all in addition to the food hamper the client receives.
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.
If you're interested in setting up something similar with your school contact Chef at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Short but sweet update this week!
Once again it's time for our annual Open House event!! Tours, information kiosks, free corn boil, face painting, hay rides, fundraising BBQ. September 23 from Noon-5pm!
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!!
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!
We love the time of year when our gardens start to move from early leafy greens to a wider variety of crops. Onions and radishes are coming in, we've harvested some green peppers already (Cubanelle, not hot ones) and there's more to come!
We're also happy to accept donations of produce from local farmers and gardeners. If your tomatoes or zucchini are producing way more than you though they would (those two seem to be the main culprit) we're happy to distribute them to our clients!!
Coming up in August we're hosting the 1st Annual Greener Village Pig Roast as a fundraising event!
August 18th from 4pm until 8pm.
Under 5 for free.
Dinner includes - roast pig, corn bread, corn on the cob, salads, dessert and a drink.
Limited tickets go on sale Monday at Greener Village!!
Meat is one of the hardest items we have to provide for our client. Huge thank you to Mike's Tree Service for this amazing donation of meat!! The people and business of Fredericton are truly great and we could not do what we do without the support!!
We've been getting some leafy greens from our gardens for the last few weeks and now we're getting peppers!! These ones are sweet peppers but we do have hot peppers as well (a number of our clients like them) and next week Yves plans to smoke and dry some to grind up into our super popular chili powder.
News and updates posted by the staff at Greener Village.