Food to Share began in 2015, with an Awesome PEC grant of $1,000 given to local Cherry Valley resident Glen Wallis. Glen has enjoyed cooking since childhood and loves living in a farming community with a great abundance and variety of fresh local produce. He also values living in a community where volunteerism and supporting the less fortunate within our community is important.
His concept is simple, take the bounty that is grown in what used to be the canning capital of Canada and produce prepared food that can be distributed through the food banks and other groups. The fresh produce would come from individuals who have gardens, farmers who have pledged to grow for the cause and local farms stands that have too much of a particular vegetable. The new Fresh for All initiative, which encourages people to grow an additional row of vegetables for food banks and similar groups, would be a source of some additional food as well. This initiative attempts to bring attention to the fact that Prince Edward County ranks second for food insecurity in Ontario.
The fresh food would be collected for the cooking days that would be held at the different ward recreation hall kitchens and Church kitchens throughout the County. Some food would be received before the cooking days and would be cleaned, prepared and frozen for use on the cooking days. Volunteers would be used to collect the food used and take it to the central walk-in freezer facility.
Ideally, the majority of the food would be grown for harvest to coincide with the preparation days. Preparation days would be staggered between different venues so that the public would be able to choose a day to participate from a long list of dates.
This freshly prepared and healthy food would then be distributed through our local food banks.
Food to Share is looking for as many donations and as much sponsorship as possible. These include printing services, greenhouses to provide seedlings, seed suppliers, growers and farm stand owners, walk-in freezer space, web designers, and restaurants and cafés willing to donate storage containers and provide recipes and food science knowledge.
Would you like to help? We need people to help grow, collect and cook the food we will be producing. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.