Sun Youth goes ex­tra yard for fresh pro­duce

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With food se­cu­rity be­ing an im­por­tant is­sue over the last few years, Sun Youth has un­der¬gone a slow but steady move to­wards in­creas­ing the amount and va­ri­ety of fresh pro­duce for its food bank clien­tele. One of its ma­jor part­ners in do­ing so is the Foresters Fi­nan­cial. For the 4th year in a row, on May 27th, vol­un­teers from Foresters teamed up with Sun Youth’s for the grand open­ing of the Foresters Gar­den on the Sun Youth ware­house grounds, plant­ing the seeds that will pro­duce fresh veg­eta­bles for the many fam­i­lies who ben­e­fit from Sun Youth’s food bank.

Sun Youth im­ple­mented its ur­ban agri­cul­ture project with the fi­nan­cial sup­port of Foresters Fi­nan­cial, an in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany whose reach ex­tends far be­yond sim­ply be­ing a life in­surance and in­vest­ment ser­vice provider. In­deed, Foresters Fi­nan­cial also pro­motes the well-be­ing of fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties through in­spir­ing com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties. Since 2014, Foresters Fi­nan­cial has pro­vided sup­plies for as­sem­bling gar­den­ing beds, an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, as well as seeds and plants for this gar­den. Through this ini­tia­tive, SunYouth’s main goal is to al­low the fam­i­lies in need of its food bank to en­joy a health­ier se­lec­tion of food in their food ham­pers. So far, close to 2,000 pounds of fresh food has been har­vested since the cre­ation of this gar­den.

Sup­ported by the TD Friends of the En­vi­ron­ment Foun­da­tion and Sen­tier Ur­bain, other ini­tia­tives have been aimed to­wards show­ing chil­dren in the Sun Youth camps the joys of gar­den­ing and learn­ing about ur­ban agri­cul­ture.

The gar­den at Sun Youth’s main build­ing is tended by the chil­dren at­tend­ing its day camp and an­i­mated by some­one from Sen­tier Ur­bain.The food grown by the chil­dren goes to­wards the prepa­ra­tion of their meals and the rest goes to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s col­lec­tive kitchen and its food bank.

SunYouth is truly grate­ful to its part­ners for al­low­ing it to grow even fur­ther and

for their care of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Photo: Stephanie Roche­leau

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