Greener Village, Home of the Fredericton Food Bank Recognizes Four
Fredericton, NB – On May 2nd, Steven Murdoch of the Nashwaaksis Y’s Service Club
donated $4,000 to Greener Village Food Bank. The Nashwaaksis Y’s Service Club has
been a long-standing partner of Greener Village and has supported many different
programs and initiatives over the years. We greatly appreciate all that they’ve done!
On May 3rd, representatives from all 3 local credit unions in Fredericton visited Greener
Village to take part in a learning session surrounding our new Meals Made Simple
program. They also were happy to provide a $10,000 award in conjunction with
Concentra’s Empowering Your Community Awards. Greener Village has had a long and
meaningful relationship with these Omista, NBTA, and Progressive Credit Union and
looks forward to helping people through this award.
On May 9th, our Executive Director attended the Top 50 CEO Awards Gala hosted by
Atlantic Business Magazine. It was a wonderful evening filled with great food,
stimulating presentations, and wonderful networking opportunities. As part of the
event, Atlantic Business Magazine made a $5,000 donation to Greener Village. Our
Executive Director, Alex Boyd was thrilled to be able to give a short acceptance speech
thanking the business leaders in attendance for their support of the Greener Village
To close out the month of May, on the 28th Alex Boyd, Executive Director of Greener
Village Food Bank, received a donation of $10,000 from Fredericton Direct Charge CoOp’s 50/50 fundraising program. Fredericton Co-op has been a stalwart supporter of
our work for many years, both in regular food donations and financial support through
their 50/50 program.
Thank you to the NBTA Credit Union, OMISTA Credit Union, and Progressive Credit Union for the $10,000 award for our Meals Made Simple program! The money was secured through Concentra 's Empowering Your Community award.
The new Meals Made Simple program will educate our clients about food, help them make recipes, and help them budget more effectively for their food.
We would also like to thank local MLA's David Coon and Kris Austin for attending the announcement event.
More information on the award can be found here: https://www.concentra.ca/…/empower…/2019_winners/omista.html
Global News came and did a story on the cooking classes in our Learning Kitchen.
Every month we have three cooking classes/demos, two collective kitchens and one family class. The monthly schedule can be found here.
All classes and the collective kitchen are free to our clients. Classes are by donation to the public and the collective kitchen is $15 for the public.
The classes are quick 1/2 hour instruction demos done over lunch hour (12:30-1pm). The collective kitchens are longer (90 minutes) and hands on with each participant taking home 8-10 portions of what was made together.
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.
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.
For a larger image Kitchen Schedule, check our our Facebook page:
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!
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.
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.
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!!
News and updates posted by the staff at Greener Village.