The Golden Food Bank and our volunteers have been hard at work turning soil, adding amendments and weeding over the past couple of weeks! As the temperatures are starting to rise it is time to start sowing some seeds! We had great success with our garden last year and are hoping for another great growing season for our crops. This season we will be planting beets, tomatoes, beans, kale, peas, squash, zucchini and more! A BIG thanks to Ms. Poon's Class at Alexander Park. The kids started some pea plants for the garden and are returning this week to plant a row of the 'Three Sisters' plantings consisting of sweet corn, beans and squash.
Hunger Awareness Week May 5-9, 2014
Hunger Awareness Week is a week-long initiative that challenges Canadians to learn more about the issue of hunger, the important work of food banks and to take action. Together, Canadians can make an impact on the solvable issue of hunger in Canada and find solutions to hunger in communities across Canada. Check out Food Banks Canada's story wall at http://foodbankscanada.ca/givehungeravoice
Nearly 850,000 Canadians will visit a food bank for assistance this month alone. Of those, 36 per cent are children. Here in Golden the rise in need is represented by an increase of 22% in those turning to the Golden Food Bank for support, with more than 350 individuals being assisted this past month. Of those individuals visiting the Food Bank in our community each month, about 1/3 are school aged children.
Annual Food Drive
Our Annual Food Drive in support of Hunger Awareness Week was held on Saturday, May 10th. The Drive was very successful this year and the rain held off! We had 20 volunteers out to collect food and ended up raising 1023.33Kg of non-perishables from right here in our community! Thanks to all those who donated this year and to those volunteers who came out to help! Thank you Golden for your continued support!
Plant A Row Grow A Row
Plant a Row, Grow a Row builds on the long standing tradition of gardeners loving to share their harvest with others. It is a people-helping-people program to assist in feeding the hungry in our own community.
Fresh produce is one of the key components of our food hampers. The Golden Food Bank strives to ensure food hampers contain at least 5 varieties of fresh fruit and vegetable. The surplus produce from your garden goes a long way in helping us meet that objective.
If you are planting a home vegetable garden this year, please consider donating your excess vegetables to the Food Bank. Or even consider planting a little extra for us :)
Produce can be dropped off at the Golden Food Bank Tuesday-Thursday 8-4pm. Please consider your drop off as our hamper pick-ups are on Wednesday mornings...some produce has a shorter shelf life than others.
The team here at the Golden Food Bank consists of a great group of people from within the surrounding community here in Golden. From the Board of Directors, the members, volunteers and employees, we are all here to help those in need within our community. We as a team nourish our community by providing food solutions for those in need. We also collaborate with community partners to work towards food security.
Our hamper program is run entirely by a league of tireless volunteers who screen recipients, sort food, and make up the food hampers. Come down to our tidy basement area, where the food is sorted and packaged, any Wednesday morning and see for yourself what a beehive of cheerful camaraderie and activity it is!
Would you like to volunteer with us at the Golden Food Bank? Send us an email and we will send you more info on how to volunteer with us! We'd love to have you!! firstname.lastname@example.org
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