Nourishing Community Food Bucks News Release
November 14, 2017
WOLFVILLE-- As part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market is pleased to have launched an Endowment Fund for it’s Nourishing Community Food Bucks Program.
The Nourishing Community Food Bucks Project is an annual program where families who are vulnerable to food insecurity are given Market Money to participate in the Market during the harvest season either at the Market or in their own community, through WFM2Go . Participants not only gain access to fresh local food, they have the ability to make their own healthy, dignified choices while also experiencing the connection that comes from knowing their farmer and being active participants in their community. At the same time, local farmers are supported as they grow food and keep local farmland in production.
In an effort to make this program sustainable, the initial funding goal is $100,000 which would allow for a 4% annual disbursement of $4000 to go towards Market Money for those facing food insecurity. Market Money (approximately $25/week) would be given weekly to participating households.
This program was run as a research project by Jessica Wall, an Acadia student in the Community Development Program in 2016, to great success. Thanks to a contribution by the Wolfville Community Fund, the program was offered again in 2017. In total the program has served 27 households.
This project is only possible through partnerships. The Wolfville Community Fund which is part of the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia will be the holding place for the endowment. Charitable tax receipts will be written by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. The Rotary Club of Wolfville has offered to receive and manage the annual disbursement by purchasing the Market Money for the project. The participants will be selected in consultation with local community organizations such as food banks. The participants will also be supported by Acadia School of Nutrition and Dietetics students.
Interested contributors or wealth managers who want to know more about the project, can get in touch with Market Manager, Kelly Marie Redcliffe. Those who want to know more about how the endowment fund will be managed, or are interested in leaving a legacy gift or invest in this project can also be in touch with the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. cfns-fcne.ca
Those who would like to contribute directly to the Nourishing Community Food Bucks Program for 2018, may do so by contacting Market Manager, Kelly Marie Redcliffe at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market firstname.lastname@example.org or 902.697.3344).
“During our 25th Anniversary year we wanted to pour our thanks into one 25th Anniversary Project,” explained WFM Board President, Ann Huntley. “We decided that raising an endowment that could support this initiative would be the very way to honour the community that helps us thrive.”
“Despite our strong agricultural background, Nova Scotia has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country. The Wolfville Farmers’ Market is an intergenerational, multicultural welcoming place where food matters. When people come to the market they get nourished by their community and their farmers, an experience we want to be accessible to everyone,” said Market Manager, Kelly Marie Redcliffe.
“The members of The Rotary Club of Wolfville are very happy to be able to help facilitate the Nourishing Community Food Bucks Project. Our motto of Service Above Self is certainly enhanced by helping to ensure our neighbors are well nourished with fresh, sustainable, local food,” said Stephen Peters, Club President.
"The Wolfville Community Fund supports projects that increase the quality of life for people in our community. This program, which connects farmers, food and families, improves the quality of life for everyone involved. We are thrilled to be a part of such a forward-thinking initiative." Dr. Erin Hennessy, Board Member of the WCF.
Wolfville Farmers’ Market
Kelly Marie Redcliffe, Market Manager
Community Foundation of Nova Scotia
Angela Bishop, Executive Director
Wolfville Community Fund
Dr. Erin Hennessy, Board Member of WCF