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Gardens that Give – Community Gardens make an impact!

Gardens that Give – Community Gardens make an impact!
Recognizing the important role of fresh food in a nutritious diet, Food Banks Canada supports programs that provide food banks with more foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy products. One of these initiatives is the +Fresh program and our community gardens fund!

Helping your local food bank  

A community garden is a collective space where people gather together to grow fruits and vegetables Food from the garden can benefit recipients at your local food bank by providing fresh, healthy, low-cost produce to compliment current food bank offerings.

“I got to pick tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and peas and made my own salad for snack time!” – Sheila, child of participant

Building connections in the community

The benefits of community gardening include more than just food! It is an opportunity for individuals to build confidence and new skills. The garden can become a social gathering place to improve community building and increase engagement with food bank recipients. 

“Working alongside many of our food bank clients and students in the community garden I quickly learned that the garden was much more than a place to grow food but a place to grow as a person. The Community Gardens allowed people from diverse backgrounds to work side-by-side without speaking the same language.” – Peter, gardener and food bank volunteer
To learn more about developing a community garden with your local food bank, read our toolkit which will provide you with the information you need to successfully plan, plant and harvest!
Thank you to Compass Group Canada for being a founding supporter of Food Banks Canada’s Community Garden Fund.

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)