Small Ideas: $10,000

Description

Our goal is to provide a weekly community-focused, farmer-style market with free fresh groceries to working families, single parents, the elderly and others in Esquimalt, BC.

The funds we seek will be used to form a partnership with Living Edge Community Markets based in Victoria BC, an organization that provides markets in locations in downtown Victoria and WestShore areas. Our involvement is to be a volunteer based distribution site. It includes sorting food and running the market in step with Living Edge Markets. Currently, no such markets exist in the Esquimalt, Victoria West, or View Royal areas all outside of Victoria city. This project is an expansion of the Living Edge Markets to reach more people in need of their sevices.

Living Edge gathers supplies from a number of food stores and food distribution companies to obtain food that is repurposed or overstocked and has agreed to deliver food to the Esquimalt site weekly. Through the new market, we expect to provide fresh vegetables, fruit and other foods to approximately 100 families per week, based on the existing markets experience. We are eager to do this, knowing that no other free food program in the Greater Victoria area offers fruit and vegetables to those in need.

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Harbourview Community Church

Location: Esquimalt