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The continued battle to beat meals insecurity in Prince Edward County continues as a pilot recent meals market undertaking enters its third yr.
Regardless of the abundance of recent native produce within the County, the rising value of residing leaves some folks with out entry to high quality fruit and veggies. As much as one in 5 PEC residents face meals insecurity, based on the 2022 Important Indicators report not too long ago launched by the County Basis.
The PEC Recent Good Meals Market grew from an concept that began within the classroom on the Prince Edward Studying Centre, notes Govt Director Kathy Kennedy.
College students researched meals points in PEC, visited farms and different markets, and determined to start out a market right here, primarily based on their very own wants and experiences.
Consequently, the PEC Recent Good Meals Market opened in October 2020 as one in every of 15 pilot “Market Greens” applications throughout Canada, funded by Neighborhood Meals Centres Canada. As word-of-mouth unfold, the market has grown year-over-year.
Program co-ordinator Robyn Cakebread notes about 100 distinctive prospects are served every month by greater than 15 volunteers at two places and providing free deliveries within the Picton space.
Held as soon as per week on the PELC workplace within the Rexall Plaza, the Picton market brings in about $1,500 value of produce each Wednesday, and sells it at wholesale costs, on-line from midday to three p.m., and in individual from 4 to six p.m. The market has expanded to a second location in Sophiasburgh, each second Saturday on the County Meals Hub.
This system additionally presents meals prescriptions, referred to as “Greens Rx,” for individuals who wrestle to afford recent produce and have dietary diseases usually linked to lack of entry to wholesome meals.
“Our purpose is to assist our group enhance their well being by elevated entry to reasonably priced, good high quality fruit and veggies,” Cakebread stated.
Whereas the initiative is underpinned by rules of meals safety and health-supportive diets, she provides, everyone seems to be welcome to buy on the market.
“The salad greens are notably fabulous,” says market buyer Molly Mulloy. “It’s a fantastic service for folks with restricted means to assist them eat higher. I’ve discovered the volunteers actually pleasant and useful each time I’ve been capable of go together with my good friend. The supply service is fabulous for seniors who can’t get out.”
Kennedy notes a number of partnerships assist this system.
“Assist for 2 years from Neighborhood Meals Centres Canada, and from our group companions, means we will construct a sustainable mannequin to serve the wants of our group,” Kennedy provides, acknowledging beneficiant funding from the Public Well being Company of Canada, Maple Leaf Centre for Motion on Meals Safety and the Arrell Household Basis.
“We acquired funding, some from the municipality, that allowed us to distribute present playing cards to native organizations that see group members experiencing meals insecurity, like our meals banks, Neighborhood Look after Seniors and Alternate options for Ladies. Organizations can even use funding earmarked for meals safety to buy PEC Recent present playing cards. Every card has $20 on it, which really will get you a great deal of fruit and veggies.”
Since 1998, Prince Edward Studying Centre has labored to offer a protected, artistic, person-centred atmosphere for lifelong studying. It helps people pursuing private studying targets by programming that will increase literacy, contributes to academic upgrading, helps group involvement, and assists with entry to employment coaching.