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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Vancity Grant for Burnaby Food First

Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, has contributed funds that will help support some exciting upcoming gardening projects in Burnaby!

Cheque presentation ceremony at Vancity North Burnaby Branch
Pictured (from left to right): Maria Michayluk (Vancity), Stephen D'Souza (Meals on Wheels),
Joyce Cameron (Burnaby Food First), and Carmela Busto (Vancity)
Credit: Jennifer Lee

They have donated a grant that will help Meals on Wheels, partnering with Burnaby Food First, to deliver free gardening workshops to the local community. Part of the funds will also go towards supporting the Sharing Backyards project, an initiative that helps increase the availability of local gardening space.

Burnaby Food First is grateful to Vancity for their generous funding of our programs.

Leona Skovgaard, chair of the Burnaby Food First Steering Committee, gives thanks for this on-going support:
“Thank you to Vancity for the grant and to Meals on Wheels for partnering with us to provide gardening workshops to the community. These workshops will help residents of Burnaby grow their own fruits and vegetables, as well as create a more engaged community through sharing backyards, community gardens, and participation in workshops.”
The first gardening workshop, to be held on April 18, will help participants plan their garden; registration has already been filled. Leanne Zmud, program coordinator, is very pleased with the overwhelming response.

She encourages anyone interested to get involved. “We will be scheduling more free workshops soon, so please keep checking our website for upcoming events.”

You can find details about all of Burnaby Food First's workshops and projects on the Burnaby Food First website. Check back for information on future workshops.

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