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!
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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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!
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.
We're happy to be part of this Retail Food Program, a relatively new partnership between retail stores and local food banks to pass on surplus foods. Locally we receive goods from Walmart, Superstore, Sobeys and Little Caesars as well as smaller or independent retailers like the Vanier Coop, Mike's Bakery and The Chesspiece.
Come down for our third (or fourth...we're not sure) Christmas in July sale! July 9th to 20th in the Unique Boutique.
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.
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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