Tipping the Scales on Hunger

Don’t miss the Great Veggie Grow-off Final Weigh-in at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market at 10:30 am on Saturday October 11th. This community challenge (Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills and Beckwith) is helping to engage more citizens in growing healthy local food, by growing at home or in community garden beds; all with an eye to bolstering healthy food donations to our local food bank. The true winner of the challenge is the Lanark County Food Bank. With well over a 1000 pounds of fresh produce already donated by the three towns, the bar has been raised to see if collectively we can reach a ton of locally produced healthy fresh food by final weigh-in on October 11. The food bank, situated downtown Carleton Place, provides supports to families from Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place and Beckwith. Their storefront facility at 5 Allan Street in downtown Carleton Place is open Tuesday 9am to 1pm, Wednesday 7 to 9 in the evening, Thursday 9am to noon and Friday 9am to noon. Try to drop off your produce first thing in the morning if possible and make sure that it is weighed and credited to your community. Donations will be also accepted at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market at the final weigh-in and into the fall. We aren’t sure which community will win the “Veggie Bowl,” the community prize, but we are certain that the true winner is the food bank and its users. See you at the Carleton Place Farmers’ Market on October 11th. You won’t want to miss it! It’s the last Farmers’ Market day of the season.

Organizers, the Neighbourhood Tomato Community Gardens, Community Gardens at St. Gregory’s Next Door and the Lanark County Food Bank have linked this initiative to the UN’s World Food Day, October 16th, to draw attention to hunger at home and around the world and demonstrate the many tools that exist to eradicate hunger in our time. To learn more visit the World Food Day Facebook Page

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