Lo­cal Food Box Project re­ceives support from Sco­tia­bank

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNT Y - THE CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

AMHERST - The Cum­ber­land County Cost-Share CSA Lo­cal Food Box Pro­gram has re­ceived a nice boost from Sco­tia­bank.

The $1,350 was part of a match­ing do­na­tion that the Sco­tia­bank pro­vided fol­low­ing a re­cent lo­cal food lun­cheon event held at the YMCA.

The bank also pro­vided vol­un­teer support the day-of the fundraiser event.

Ac­cord­ing to Su Morin, the Ecol­ogy Ac­tion Cen­tre’s com­mu­nity food co-or­di­na­tor for Cum­ber­land County, the Sco­tia­bank con­tri­bu­tion was a God­send.

“It al­lowed us to close out our pi­lot year on a pos­i­tive note, and with a lit­tle bit of money in the bank go­ing into year two of our project,” she said.

Morin added that the Lo­cal Food Box Project, a part­ner­ship be­tween the YMCA of Cum­ber­land, the Ecol­ogy Ac­tion Cen­tre, and five lo­cal farms, is the first model of its kind in the county and in the prov­ince, and it aims to con­nect low-in­come com­mu­ni­ties with lo­cal farms in or­der to in­crease ac­cess to healthy lo­cal food for Cum­ber­land County res­i­dents, such as se­niors.

The Lo­cal Food Box Project is now seek­ing do­na­tions for the sec­ond year. Any­one wish­ing to do­nate or for more in­for­ma­tion, can con­tact Su at 902-251-2959 or by e-mail at su@ecol­o­gy­ac­tion.ca.

SUB­MIT­TED

The Cum­ber­land County Cost-Share CSA Lo­cal Food Box Pro­gram re­ceived a $1,350 con­tri­bu­tion from the Sco­tia­bank Vic­to­ria Street branch. Denise Al­lan (left) of Sco­tia­bank and Belinda Bel­liveau of Sco­tia­bank present the cheque to Jessica Allen of the Cum­ber­land YMCA and Su Morin of the Ecol­ogy Ac­tion Cen­tre.

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