Giving Garden program launches in Mission

Program aims to get gardeners' donated extra produce to families in need

The Mission Food Access Network (MFAN) has launched a new program that encourages local gardeners to give where they live by planting a little extra this growing season and sharing the bounty with those here in need.

Giving Gardens encourages and supports Mission gardeners in growing additional produce for local food banks and meal programs. Giving Gardens come in all shapes and sizes – backyard gardens, an extra row in an individual plot, a plot dedicated solely to growing for food programs – but the goal remains to engage volunteers in growing fresh food for families and individuals living on limited incomes.

“Gardeners are a valuable community resource, and in Mission we’re blessed to have a fruitful growing season and many gardens,” says MFAN Coordinator Brenna Maag. “By sharing fresh, local and quality produce with food banks and meal programs, gardeners give back to their community and increase access to nutrient-rich foods.”

All the Mission food programs that accept fresh produce, including contact information, and best hours to donate is available on the bottom of the MFAN webpage: lincsociety.bc.ca/programs/mission-food-access-network-mfan

Some of the organizations benefiting from the program are Mission Friendship Centre, Mission Community Services Food Bank, St. Joseph’s Food Bank, Hope Central- New Heights and Grace Station.

“The individuals and families that need our support are always so happy when they receive fresh produce so they can prepare healthy meals,” says Phil Hope, Mission Community Services Food Bank coordinator. “Any and all types of produce are welcome because these are often hardest to come by for folks having a hard time making ends meet.”