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Elizabeth McDonald got up at Council and presented on the Shelley Jackson Memorial Project, a food share project which began on November 4th.
McDonald told Council the project has shared 17310 pounds of food amounting to an approximate value of $32,253 dollars. 2574 people in the community have been given food. This includes elementary schools and high schools who have been receive food from the food share program.
McDonald stated this program is unfunded, although they have received a lot of support from Northern Health as well as the local grocery stores. She expressed this program gives food away for free from the back door of the Kitimat Community Services Society. The organizers simply ask people how they are and how many people they are feeding. They understand these people need the food and they do not ask why.
For people who may not have used a type of vegetable or similar before, the Memorial Project is handing out recipes for food as well.
“This is free food. There is no reason why it should be in the landfill. The quality of food that we are getting from Overwaitea and Supervalu, I’ve lived north of Kitimat and its better quality food then you can get in grocery stores. It’s a pretty amazing accomplishment for Supervalu and Overwaitea to hand that over on a regular basis, and they are incredibly generous with the program,” said McDonald.
Soon, this project will not have to operate out of a coffee room as they have been given the keys to a larger space. They are looking for their own place but rents around town are increasing in price. A store front for a non funded program is an impossibility.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan pointed out all this food is near its expiry date. McDonald agreed but expressed the food is still good. It is incredible.
People come in the door from 10-12 and everything that comes in goes out. The food that is no longer fit for human consumption goes to feed chickens in the community.
McDonald stated out they are using Kitimat Community Services right now. She requested a $9,600 grant. Monaghan thanked her for the work she is doing in the community
Council made a motion to support the request for their upcoming budget discussions. It was called and carried.