Food instead of flowers are now be grown in the beds at Cornerstone between No Frills and the City Centre Mall.
The food gardens that were outside the BC Liquor Store in Mountainview Square no longer work in that location since the Food Share building moved to Cornerstone.
Therefore, moving the vegetation from Mountainview to Cornerstone makes the gardens more accessible to Food Share workers and volunteers.
The gardens are part of the Food Share program in which perishable foodstuffs are distributed to qualifying people, an initiative that avoids food wastage.
“[Tamitik Status of Women] has some very passionate staff and volunteers that tend to the garden and all of the food that gets harvested, goes to Food Share and is distributed to our clients in need,” Michelle Martins, executive director of Tamitik Status of Women said.
“The garden beds have also proven to be a great way for us to engage our clientele and show them how to grow their own food for their own sustainability as well as introduce gardening and horticulture into their lives as a means of stress relief, coping, and recreation.”
“We usually wouldn’t get herbs like rosemary to go with [the donated foods], so, with the gardens, we can grow those things to make the food we redistribute more like complete meals rather than random items,” Martins said.
Food Share is available to:
Low-income individuals and families; individuals and their dependent children; and residents of Haisla nation and Kitimat.
Since COVID-19, donations to the Food Share program have dramatically increased with Save-On being the largest donor.
The District of Kitimat has also contributed $30,600 in 2021 to the TSWA’s Food Share program and other anti-poverty initiatives.