Good Food Box announces new satellite location

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The Neighbour-to-Neighbour program is an initiative of the Good Food Box and through donations is able to provide a free box of fresh fruits and vegetables each month to food bank clients who lack the resources to pay for the box themselves. Good Food Box coordinators Shirley Bieman and Wendy Cox estimate that 22 families and seniors receive this free box each month.

The women also recognized that each month, one or more of the intended recipients couldn’t pick up their box due to lack of transportation or money to pay for fuel. While the unused box is not wasted and instead donated to the food bank, it doesn’t help the intended recipient.

To solve this dilemma, Bieman and Cox consulted with United Way of Bruce Grey, and with the help of Bruce County Housing and the Kincardine Lions Club, have established that as of Dec. 21, there will be a satellite depot in Ripley, where clients living in that area can pick up their box and pre-order for the next month. Clients are asked to request a Ripley delivery when ordering their December box.

The purpose of the Ripley Satellite Depot is to enable residents of Ripley who lack reliable transport or have mobility issues to access the Good Food Box program,” said Cox. “We have been accepting a list of clients from the Kincardine Food Bank who qualify for a box under our Neighbour-to-Neighbour program, and finding that those in the Ripley area frequently have transportation challenges, which means they can't pick up their box. That means they miss out on the 20 lbs. of wholesome produce which is a very much appreciated addition to their diet. The depot will give all Ripley residents access to the Good Food Box."

Residents who wish to offer financial support to the Neighbour-to-Neighbour program can mail their contribution to Knox Presbyterian Church at 345 Duham Street in Kincardine N2Z 1Y6, in care of Wendy Cox. Donations can also be mailed to OSHaRE at 946 3rd Ave. East in Owen Sound N4K 2K9. A donation can be sent electronically to OSHare through the Canada Helps website at www.canadahelps.org. When making the donation the sender should indicate the gift is for the Kincardine Good Food Box program. Gifts of $10 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.

Cox and Bieman said that donations sent in memorial of a loved one, on behalf of a friend or anyone who is difficult to buy for at Christmas time will be send a personalized note of thanks, on request.

Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent

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