Mobile Market delivers: Food bank clients get fresh veggies close to home
More people will be able to get fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to an expanded Mobile Market.
The Inn of the Good Shepherd put the Mobile Market on the road two years ago in an effort to make sure low-income earners could have access to fresh produce close to home. Local farmers, greenhouse owners and gardeners donated proceeds from their garden to share with food bank clients, people on social assistance, pensioners or people living in assisted housing in Sarnia.
In the second year, the program expanded to Lambton County, making weekly stops in Petrolia, Corunna, Forest, Thedford, Watford and Alvinston. The Inn’s Operations Manager, Adelle Richards, says two more sites have been added this year, Kettle Point and Aamjiwnaang First Nations. About 400 adults and children, about 150 households each week, received about 3,500 pounds of fresh eggs, fruits and vegetables last year.
This year, the Mobile Market is also offering a chance to learn how to freeze produce. Richards says a community kitchen in St. Luke’s United Church in Sarnia will help people learn the process in August and September.
Fresh produce is always welcome at The Inn for the food bank and the Mobile Market. Anyone can donate at the Inn during regular business hours or by contacting the Mobile Market Co-ordinator Judy L’Heureux at 519-344-1746 ext 314.
During the week you can find the Mobile Market at the following places
Petrolia Food Bank 9:30 am – 10:30 am,
Corunna Food Bank 11:30 – 12:30 pm,
Aamjiwnaang Community Centre Pavilion 1:00- 2:00pm
Forest Contact House – 9:30 – 10:30 am,
Thedford Widder Court 11:30 – 12:30pm,
Kettle Point Child and Family Services 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Watford United Church 9:30 – 10:30am,
Alvinston Hope United Church – 11:30 – 12:30 pm
Friday: Sarnia- Roger St. parking lot 9:30 – 10:30 am,
Kathleen St. park – 11:30 – 1:00pm