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Local Group Continues to Work with the Community to Bring Healthy, Safe and Affordable Food to Gananoque

May 4, 2021

The Gananoque and Area Food Access Network (G&AFAN) is a coalition of community volunteers, agency representatives, educators and elected officials who follow the community’s lead with the vision that residents of the Town of Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands are accessing, growing, preparing and enjoying nutritious, safe and affordable food.

The group has been working together since 2015 with members entering, leaving and rejoining depending on the projects. Work to date includes two community meals “Conversations About Food”, a project by the 2018-2019 drama class at Gananoque Intermediate Secondary School (GISS), the development and sustaining of the Community Gardens at Arthur Street and Oak Street, research with Queens University to hear the voice of those who have to live with food insecurity and a workshop to learn about food hubs/centres in other communities. G&AFAN is excited to tell you about two projects in the works, both dependent on funding.

The first is the development of a permanent location for a Community Kitchen which would provide safe, accessible space for food literacy/food skills programming, opportunities for groups to meet and share a meal, space for a Good Food Box packing site, and room for community groups to prepare food together in bulk. Looking into the future, the kitchen could be rented out on a cost-recovery basis, using that money to keep the lights on and assist with food literacy programming costs. Please post/share/email the link to G&AFAN’s community kitchen survey found at https://communitycooksquestionnaire.yolasite.com/ or in hard copy at the Gananoque Public Library.

The second project is the development of a Food Forest on Town-owned land at Arthur Street. Plans have yet to be approved. A food forest is a healthy and sustainable forest of fruit trees that work together with the existing plants in the community garden.

Contact

Read about the Food Forest in the Gananoque Reporter.

For media interviews, contact: Marie Traynor RD, Registered Dietitian and Public Health Nutritionist at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit 1-800-660-5853 extension 2219 or [email protected].