Nanoose Community Services (NCS) is pleased to announce we have received a grant from the Brighter Together Foundation for the Food Share program’s current equipment needs. Thanks to this funding, the Food Team now has much-needed totes for safely moving produce from local farms and gardens to Food Day, as well as a sturdy waterproof pop-up tent.
In the fall of 2021, the NCS Food Team introduced a supplemental food share and culinary skills program to the existing food card program. This new offering connects participants with nutritious local food, do-it-yourself resources and a community of food-lovers. Participants have received a variety of seasonal food from local farms like Springford Farm, Twisted Carrot, Root Renaissance, and Heartbeet.
To transport the produce, NCS had been borrowing totes from the farmers, which meant NCS volunteers were doing two trips to each farm for pick up and return. By having dedicated NCS totes, it cuts the trips in half – that’s significant both in volunteer capacity and emissions. The waterproof shelter will be used to pop-up on program days so we can operate smoothly outside rain or shine!
This food access and culinary skills program has been a joyful and impactful addition to the food program and we’re excited to keep it growing. Thanks to Brighter Together for helping us do just that!