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Remember the Hunger Stop opening I wrote about?— well there is more
The Lanark County Food Bank Great Veggie Grow Off Kick Off & Open House was held Sunday May 1 in Carleton Place. Highlighted at the newly renovated space at 5 Allan Street in Carleton Place was an updated “self serve”, where clients now get to choose their groceries. A lot less waste, and a lot more dignity and empowerment for their people.
It also coincided with the kick off of The 3rd Annual Great Veggie Grow-Off. So what is a veggie grow-off? That would be the friendly competition between gardeners in Beckwith, Carleton Place, & Mississippi Mills, to see which community can donate the most produce to the food bank over the summer. After all, fresh produce is one of the key components of food hampers.
In this country that grows more food than most nations on this earth, it is unthinkable that any child should go hungry. Emcee and LCFB Vice Chair David Hinks along with other dignitaries from Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills opened the event. I prefer “butter- no parsnips”— but the first round of GVGO went to Mississippi Mills mayor Shaun McLaughlin who presented Carleton Place mayor Louis Antonakos with winter parsnips.
They are also planting gardens at the Lanark County Food Bank with the front garden beds for edibles, sharing and learning. There will also be at least one workshop a week in the garden. Presenters/facilitators will be a mix of expert gardeners and food/cooking experts, utilizing volunteers from Horticultural Societies, Master Gardeners, the Public Health Unit and other knowledgeable cooks. The aim is to make the workshops as hands-on as possible so that participants will be weeding, transplanting or harvesting. Where raspberries grow there is hope. Once the raspberries on the side of the building are ripe, they will be free and available to whoever wants to pick beds.
Touring the Food Bank I noticed a row of volunteer badges and it should be a gentle reminder to all of us. Be of service, as there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being available to someone in need. Remember the food bank receives no government funding – it functions solely through private donations. The operation is run by one paid part-time manager and approximately 35 volunteers. One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as individuals can make a difference. Did you know that Carleton Place’s very own Carleton Refrigeration donated the installation and an air-conditioning unit to the Food Bank?
Food donations can be dropped off at Patrice’s Your Independent Grocer in Almonte and Mitchell’s Your Independent Grocer, Giant Tiger, Fresh Co, and Wal-Mart in Carleton Place, or at 5 Allan Street. Please visit their website (https://lanarkcountyfoodbank.ca/) or call 613- 257-8546 for more information.
So What’s Coming Up?
Community BOGO Dinner, in support of Lanark County Food Bank (The Hunger Stop) – Prepared by Chef Roger Weldon of Generations Inn & Ottawa Senators, and Rob Carpenter, The Beckwith Butcher. Tuesday May 17, 4:30-7:00 PM @ St James Anglican Church, 225 Edmund St, Carleton Place. Buy One-Give One: your ticket purchase will be matched and also provide a ticket to a food bank client/family. Adults $25; Children (6-12) & Seniors $15; Families (max 2 adults) $75. Tickets available in advance only, at Lanark County Food Bank, The Granary & Beckwith Butcher in CP, Baker Bob’s & Dandelion Foods in Almonte; Cash or Cheque only. Fill your plate, and fill that of a food bank client too! For more info call Lanark County Food Bank, 613-257-8546.
Family Fun Day, in support of Lanark County Food Bank (The Hunger Stop) – Sunday May 29, 1-4:00 PM, Beckwith Recreation Complex, 1319 9th Line, Carleton Place. Come enjoy the trails, plus numerous activities for the whole family including Guided nature walks; Scavenger hunt; Facepainting; explore a pumper truck and a rescue vehicle courtesy of the Beckwith Fire Department; enjoy a BBQ hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Dr. J.F. Dunn Council #5153. No charge, all activities by donation, including BBQ. For more info call Lanark County Food Bank, 613-257-8546.