Pembina Pipeline establishes $100,000 Fresh Food Fund
The Pembina Pipelines Corporation announced a $100,000 donation to the Alberta Food Banks over breakfast at the annual general meeting in July 2016.
'Although many food banks are still recieving donations of non-perishable items, there is a signifigant need for fresh, healthy food" said Clint Walker of Pembina Pipeline.
The Fresh Food Fund grant program provides funds for rural food banks to purchase fresh, healthy, and local food items. This fund supports current members of Alberta Food Banks.
Bernie Kreiner of the Hinton Food Bank was presented the first grant at our general meeting for $6,000, and plans to use the funds to increase their client's accesibliity of nutrious products.
' Our plans to use the Fresh Food Fund include tripling the number of community garden plots used by Hinton Food Bank and it's clients to grow fresh vegetables and help our clients learn how to grow their own fresh food. Also, we want to provide milk to families on some scheduled basis (probably using vouchers)' said Bernie Kreiner Executivie Director of Hinton Food Bank.
To be eligible for this grant, a food bank must operate in a community of less than 100,000 people.
Food banks located in a community of less than 2,500 people are eligible to apply for one grant of $2,000 and food banks located in a community of more than 2,500 people are eligible to apply for one grant of $6,000.
All funds must be allocated towards the purchase of these food categories: Dairy, Protein, Fruits and Vegetables.
To ensure funds stay within the local community, food items must be purchased from local suppliers and grocery stores or directly from local farmers. Food banks will be required to submit receipts and a summary report outlining the allocation of funds. Purchases can be fresh or frozen.