We’re delighted to announce new grants that will bring our Market Greens program to 15 more communities across the country.
From Lil Wat First Nation, BC to Inuvik, NWT to Bonavista, NL, more people living on low incomes will have access to fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable community markets.
Greater Fredericton Social Innovation has been running Market Greens in their community for the past two years. According to Community Coordinator Susanne White:
“Customers at the market can’t believe everything is so affordable. Their jaws drop when we tell them their total. We reassure them, ‘Yes, we’re sure we rang in everything.’"
Another unique aspect of the Market Greens program is Greens Prescriptions (Greens Rx)
– a voucher for fresh produce that can be redeemed at the community market. These prescriptions are available to support people who are managing chronic and diet-related illnesses, including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
As Kathryn Scharf, Community Food Centre Canada’s Chief Program Officer, notes:
“We believe that everyone deserves to have access to fresh, nutritious foods that build health and longevity. Market Greens is about reducing barriers to healthy food that can go a long way in preventing chronic illness. Not only will this proactive investment support individual health, it will yield cost savings for our health care system over the long term.”
To date, Market Greens has been implemented in 28 communities across Canada and has supported more than 1,000 households to access fresh fruits and vegetables.
A warm welcome to our newest group of partners from coast to coast to coast!
Lil Wat Nation,
Mt Currie, BC
Hope Community Services
, Hope, BC
Mount Paul Community Food Centre,
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
, Vancouver, BC
Richmond Food Security Society (aka Urban Bounty),
Canadian Volunteers United in Action Society (CANAVUA)
, Edmonton, AB
The Alex Community Food Centre,
Southquill Area Food Bank Inc,
Six Nations Health Services
, Ohwesegan, ON
Stonegate Community Health Centre,
, Toronto, ON
, Timmins, ON
Colchester Community Support Society,
Saltwater Community Association Inc
, Bonavista, NL
Community Garden Society of Inuvik,
The Market Greens initiative has been made possible through generous partnership and funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security and the Arrell Family Foundation.