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Vancouver Park Board grows vegetables to feed families struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Aug 10, 2020 at 5:23 am PDT

(Courtesy vancouver.ca/news-calendar/july-is-harvest-time-at-the-park-boards-sunset-nursery)
Summary

Vegetables growing at the Sunset Nursery will be used to feed families struggling due to the pandemic

Seeds were planted in the spring to help those battling food insecurity during COVID-19

The veggies will be distributed through agencies like Fresh Roots

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Seeds planted in the spring are now sprouting healthy meals for Vancouver families in need.

The Park Board is shipping crates of fresh produce to several agencies like Fresh Roots, which help provide healthy meals to people impacted by COVID-19.

“We recognize urban agriculture as a valuable food-focused activity that can contribute to community development, environmental awareness and benefits, positive social interaction, learning, health, exercise, wellness, and access to fresh food,” Vancouver Park Board Chair Camil Dumont said in a release on the board’s site.

The Fresh Roots agency receives 10 to 16 crates a week for its LunchLAB: Chefs for Families program.

According to the park board site, the program offers “students and their families delicious, healthy meals, providing much-needed nourishment and meaningful employment for chefs and kitchen professionals who would otherwise not be working.”

The veggies have been growing at the Sunset Nursery on Main and 51st, where the site is usually used to grow trees and flowers that end up planted in local parks.

But local gardeners shifted their focus to help those running low on food during the pandemic.