Community Food Share

 

Description of your proposed project::

  • Community Food Share, with locations in Winchester and Morrisburg, introduced Healthy Choices in March 2018 to provide more nutritious food to people who use our services.
  • The process began with assistance from a Public Health Dietitian at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit who did a complete review of the food we distribute. She then proposed a number of changes to ensure that the five-day allocation of food that families receive each month meets the nutritional requirements as outlined in Canada’s Food Guide.
  • In doing so, we made a commitment to use our food dollars to purchase healthier items in greater quantities such as milk, cheese, whole wheat bread, yogurt, fruits and vegetables. It is important that we meet the nutritional needs of our families because everyone deserves healthy and nutritious food. While we appreciate the donated food items we receive, most of it is non-perishable so we have shifted our monetary food investments to these healthier items.
  • With Healthy Choices, Community Food Share has shown its ongoing commitment to helping the most vulnerable in our community. This commitment comes with a cost – a substantial increase to our food budget. The purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables alone costs almost $10,000 annually.
  • We are seeking the support of 100 Women Who Care for $10,000 to ensure that the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables remains as an important component of the Healthy Choices program for 2019.

 

What is the estimated cost of this project?: $10,000

What is the estimated date of completion if this group receives the donation?: December 2019

How will completion of this project directly benefit the residents of South Dundas?:

Support for this project will help us meet the nutritional needs of our families by providing fresh fruit and vegetables.

What do you know about this organization that you wish everyone knew?:

Community Food Share does not receive any government funding for its programs. All our activities are supported through generous donations from individuals, organizations and businesses in our community.