Cornwall Ontario — Spring is here and the seeds have been purchased. The Agapè Centre is continuing its fight to weed out hunger through the development of a food garden which will be used in the Centre’s food bank and soup kitchen to feed residents in need.
This project is supported by the Fountaingate Christian Assembly, who has generously donated a piece of land on their Mohawk Drive property to the Agapè Centre for a vegetable garden.
“This year, we are planting a garden in front of our store that will consist of tomatoes, beans, squash, peas and zucchini. We are also planning to plant an acre of fruit trees so that we will, in a few years, be able to have fresh fruit in our soup kitchen and food bank”, explains Alyssa Blais who is Executive Director at The Agape Centre
As this project grows so will the fulfillment of Agapè’s following objectives:
1. Provide food for the food bank and soup kitchen
2. Teach Agape clients how to grow food
3. Encourage intermingling of all community members
4. Encourage self-reliance by growing fresh fruit and vegetables
5. Promote vibrant communities
6. Be an inspiration for a healthier community
Blais says, “It is important the everyone has access to healthy food. We feed many families and children through our food bank.”
Volunteers will be needed.
“We encourage youth, Agape Centre clients and seniors from a variety of backgrounds to volunteer together and learn new techniques to achieve a healthy sustainable food garden. In addition, our Weeding out Hunger Garden promotes self-reliance, physical activity, social interaction and contributes to the health and well-being of the community”,
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 613.938.9297 x:21 or email: [email protected] or visit http://agapecentre.ca