The second annual Turkey Race between the northside and the southside of Fredericton brought in an astounding number of turkeys (almost 1400). Thanks to the firefighters, Peter's Meat, Victory Meat and all the people of Fredericton who supported this in record numbers. To say we were blown away is a vast understatement!!
During this week and next we have many volunteers from businesses and companies in Fredericton who come in and pack and sort and get us ready for our Christmas hampers. It was a pleasure to have people from Kent Building Supplies (South) in to help us get ready to hit the ground running!
The donations have been rolling in! Groups such as UNB Varsity, STU Athletics, We Define NB, Epsilon Y's Service Club, Marysville Y's Service Club, 1RNBR, The Fredericton Golden Club and Bayview Trucks and Supplies! Thank you for your support!!
We are rapidly closing in on Christmas and our Angel Tree program is in full swing! So far this year we have just over 2500 angel requests but we know that the people of Fredericton (and environs) are amazing supporters of this program!
Thank you all so much for the continued support!
Thanks to UNB Varsity Sports for the donation!! Some much needed items as we get into the busiest time of the year for us!
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 email@example.com if you're able to give us a hand this season.
Every year we serve as a location for clients and volunteers who want to get their flu shot and this year it will be on November 15th and 22nd!
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!
News and updates posted by the staff at Greener Village.