REPORTING · 21st January 2013
It is a new year and the Kitimat Food Share Program is ready to start up for 2013 with several new programs.
“We’re making a list and having it organized to deliver food to people in the community who are in some way, who have limited access to transportation. We are hoping it will be seniors and people with physical disabilities who will be unable to get out into the community and come down. We will send someone to their home, we will register them with the program and then we will have deliveries to their home, once a week,” said Elizabeth MacDonald.
She expressed Kevin Berry of Coastal Taxi has volunteered to deliver the food.
Other projects for 2013 involve improvements to the Kitimat Public Market and the all new Community Garden. The Public Market is planned to start up in April and add a new feature, garage sales. The Garden will be assisted by 5 teenagers from the High School and the Age Friendly Committee to get the garden started.
Another program which is staring in 2013 is the Soup Kitchen which is being put on by Mental Health and Addictions. They will be cooking the food and bring it to the Food Share Program and they will be feeding a hot meal to the single people who come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be an addiction councillors present to give assistance and let people know about a new day treatment program which is being spear headed in Kitimat.
One final program is a Multicultural Reading in the Kitimat City Centre Mall which will be taking place during the Rail Jam. People will be reading in their native languages. The Rail Jam is set for the 25th of January from 5-9 PM.
As of December, 2012, the Food Share Program has recovered 96,840 pounds of food and shared it with the community. About 60% of it is going into schools. 40% is going out the door and the rest is sent to agencies.
“The service is extremely well used,” said MacDonald.