Linking Hands’ Green Food Box program celebrates one-year anniversary in South Dundas

Dundas County’s Green Food Box coordinator Ralph Pulfer is pictured transferring a client’s produce from one bag to another during South Dundas’ February Green Food Box event in Morrisburg. The pickup location in that village is Community Food Share on Ottawa Street.

IROQUOIS— This month marks the beginning of South Dundas’ Green Food Box’s second year in service.

Coordinated by Linking Hands Dundas County, the Green Food Box made its return to the municipality in February 2016.

Year two officially began Wednesday, Feb. 8, with 132 Green Food Box units (42 small and 90 large). Green Food Box coordinator Ralph Pulfer was on site in both Iroquois and Morrisburg for the morning’s deliveries, as items are packed separately in the two locations.

South Dundas mayor Evonne Delegarde stopped by the Royal Canadian Legion Iroquois branch that morning to congratulate the many volunteers, including lead volunteer Dianne Fawcett, on their hard work and success. Fawcett has organized several volunteers to arrive for unloading, others for packing, and still more for afternoon distribution and reordering duties.

“The number of people willing to volunteer, donating their time and energy to making sure this program is available in Iroquois, is really quite amazing,” Linking Hands coordinator Sandy Casselman said. “We also have a core group of very loyal and hard-working volunteers at our Morrisburg location (Community Food Share on Ottawa Street) as well. Without all of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to offer this program to the residents of Dundas County.”

The program offers two bag sizes: small ($10) and large ($15). What makes its way into the bags depends largely on current produce availability and pricing, as well as how many orders are submitted, as the greater number of orders leads to increased buying power. The Green Food Box is available twice per month in Dundas County: pick-up for South Dundas is the second Wednesday of the month, while pick-up for North Dundas is the last Friday of the month.

Iroquois’ Green Food Box site lead volunteer, Dianne Fawcett (not pictured), invited South Dundas mayor Evonne Delegarde to join Fawcett’s volunteer crew Wednesday morning, Feb. 8 to celebrate the program’s first anniversary. Pictured at the village’s Legion is Iroquois’ afternoon (distribution) crew: Sandi Decker (left), Lorraine Bottan, Ann Banford, Faye McCurdy, Anne Presley, Charlotte Duncan, and Delegarde.



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