Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Foodcore

Gananoque and Area Food Access Network

The Gananoque and Area Food Access Network is made up of local agency representatives and community volunteers. We want the community:

  • to have access to nutritious, safe, affordable and personally acceptable food in a dignified manner, and
  • to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to choose, prepare, store, grow, eat and share a variety of nutritious foods including locally grown and produced foods.
  • to get involved with local food issues.

We Could Use Your Help!

What We've Accomplished

We first engaged Gananoque and Township of Leeds and the 1000 Islands in the spring of 2015, through a community meal, Conversation About Food. There we learned about current local food programs, discussed ideas about improving equitable access to healthy food for all, and shared ideas on what success might look like. The three themes that came out of the conversation were used to plan our first two years of work: 1) learning about food insecurity in our area, 2) improving access to healthy food and, 3) sharing food skills. We just wrapped up our second Conversation About Food event on April 5, 2017 to report our progress back to the community. Here’s what we reported:

  • With support from Queens University researcher Dr. Elaine Power and her Masters student Madison Koekkoek we heard from and responded to citizens who live with food insecurity.

  • With the support of the Town of Gananoque, Home Hardware, the Rotary Club, Thornbusch Landscaping, Westgate, and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, we collectively built up the pre-existing Arthur Street Community Garden to offer 22 raised beds and one accessible higher raised bed, all protected by metal fencing, for the growing season of 2016. Water barrels were filled by the Town of Gananoque and the Fire Department. This project has been evaluated by the participants and work has started for the 2017 Growing Season.

    In addition to the garden the Good Food Box is now available through the Gananoque Salvation Army.

  • Ongoing, multigenerational food skills mentorship work will include the Gananoque and Intermediate Secondary School culinary arts program, the Older Adult Advisory Committee at the Gananoque Public Library and others. Plans will be based on current evidence and local need. Stay tuned.

We are currently looking at where we go from here with the feedback we heard from YOU.

How Can You Get Involved?

Join us!! Gananoque and Area Food Access Network meets quarterly. Email us at foodcorelgl@gmail.com and we will send you the details!!

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