MOUNTAIN— Linking Hands’ North Dundas Green Food Box (GFB) program is moving.
For several years now, the GFB has called the Joel Steele Community Centre in Winchester home, courtesy of the Township of North Dundas. Pick up days were the last Friday of the month. But, that’s all changing.
Beginning in September 2018, the GFB pick up day will move to the fourth Wednesday of the month and relocate to Community Food Share’s Winchester location.
“While the township has been absolutely amazing in their dedication and assistance with this program, it just made sense to move,” Linking Hands coordinator Sandy Casselman said. “In South Dundas, we currently have a pick up location at the Morrisburg branch of Community Food Share. Those who are unable to pick up their bags by the allotted time are given a second chance to do so, as the food bank is open from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday evenings. Bags that aren’t collected are then donated to the food bank. We wanted to provide the same option in North Dundas.”
While Community Food Share’s May Street, Winchester location will be the new main packing and pick up location for North Dundas, the outlying satellite sites, which include Chartwell Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre in Winchester, Flair with Fabrics in Chesterville, and House of Lazarus in Mountain, will continue to operate as before with only the day changing.
A new schedule has been posted on both the Linking Hands and House of Lazarus websites and the GFB Facebook page.
The September order by date is Wednesday, September 19 and the pick up day is Wednesday, September 26.
The Green Food Box is available in both North and South Dundas. The order and pick up dates are spaced two weeks apart giving clients an opportunity to order from both. The bulk-buying fresh produce program secures its fruits and vegetables from J. Quattrocchi Co. Ltd. in Smiths Falls. There are two bag sizes available: small ($10) and large ($15). Contents vary from month to month depending on the number of orders placed (buying power) and the current product pricing and availability. Linking Hands dispenses roughly 100 GFB bags per month in both North and South Dundas.
“This program is possible because of our many community partners and our committed volunteers,” Casselman said.