REPORTING · 26th November 2011
The Shelley Jackson Memorial Project has had their first success. A soup Kitchen in the Hospital served chilli and a bun to 57 clients on Monday, November 14th. The project is named for Shelley Jackson, a respected teacher at the high school whom the community lost last summer.
“Shelley was pretty much well known for being involved in community projects. For throwing her support and her knowledge and her skills behind anything that would alleviate poverty for women and children. When this all came together, it just hit. All of us in the social services field had a conversations with Shelley about poverty. Anyone who knew her personally knew that she was giving people the shirt off her back on a regular basis. Giving people money, giving people food, having teenagers eat. It was just the kind of person that she was. We just thought it was a fitting tribute to someone who dedicated their lives to teenagers and families, to have this project in her name,” said Elizabeth MacDonald.
The project itself uses food recovered from grocery stores. Grocery stores throw out items which are nearing their expiry date. This would include a bag of vegetables with one bad one inside, Milk about to become due or Yogurt a couple of days before its due date. It is hundreds of thousands of pounds of food a year going into the landfill.
“And really and truly, there is no need for it. It is still edible, usable good food but because of the way that stores work, they are not permitted to sell it after a certain time,” said Macdonald. “The Executive Director of Community Services attended a meeting with different people in the community and they identified the need for a way for food recovery in Kitimat,” said MacDonald.
It was decided this would be one way to help alleviate poverty in the community. MacDonald stated they have people coming into the employment centre who do not have enough food. They also have people coming into town with no money or access to food. The produce is distributed to these people.
The Chilli made is the first event, co-sponsored with the Good Food Box. The memorial project would like to have such an event once a week although details have not been finalized.
They hope to use recovered food for this and other projects. Yesterday, they delivered Milk and Dairy products to Kildala Elementary School. Totem Taxi has adopted the school and is making such deliveries daily for free.
All Pictures Contributed by Elizabeth MacDonald
Overwaitea on board for the food share
Comment by Paul Millar on 26th November 2011
that would be Coastal Taxi doing the deliveries..Totem Taxi has been gone for years..