Cornwall ON – I can’t believe the summer is truly over this Thanksgiving weekend as the Cornwall Farmers’ Market in George Assaly lane ends it season with a bang!
The Agapé Centre will be the beneficiary of a Buy Local, Share Local initiative.
The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is bringing its fresh approach to food bank donations to the Cornwall Farmers’ Market this Saturday by asking neighbours in Cornwall to buy and share fresh, local food with their local food bank – right at the market.
“The Buy Local Share Local campaign provides an opportunity for Cornwall residents to support neighbours who rely on food banks with fresh and healthy foods grown by local farmers,” said Judy Dancause, Executive Director, Centre Agapè Centre food bank. “It’s no secret that some families in Cornwall are struggling to make ends meet. This program provides a concrete way Cornwall residents can pitch in to put fresh, healthy food on the tables of those who need it, while supporting local farmers at the same time.”
Buy Local Share Local is presented by RBC. RBC will make a $10,000 donation to Centre Agapè Centre food bank at the Buy Local Share Local stop at the Cornwall Farmers’ Market.
“RBC is pleased to play a part in the fight against hunger. And we are particularly proud to partner with the Ontario Association of Food Banks and Centre Agapè Centre food bank to help make a difference,” said Mike Haley, Regional Vice President, RBC Eastern Ontario. “The incredible work being carried out at the food banks is instrumental in making our community a better place to live, and we at RBC believe strongly in supporting the communities we serve.”
Centre Agapè Centre food bank is an important member of the Cornwall community. Now, Cornwall residents can support neighbours who rely on the food bank by dropping off donations of fresh, local produce directly at the Buy Local Share Local booth this Saturday, October 9, at the Cornwall Farmers’ Market.
Chef Anna Olson is the official celebrity-ambassador of the Buy Local Share Local campaign. On her Food Network show, “Fresh with Anna Olson,” Anna invites viewers into her Niagara-region home and creates unique meals using her mantra, “eat fresh, eat local.”
“Fresh produce isn’t only a delicious part of a healthy diet,” said Olson. “It’s also a key ingredient of healthy communities. The Buy Local Share Local campaign is a grassroots way to strengthen our community while supporting neighbours who are facing hunger.”
The campaign booth will visit over 18 farmers’ markets in 15 cities across Ontario between August and October. Buy Local Share Local operates in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and the Turkey Farmers of Ontario.
WHO: Judy Dancause, Executive Director, Centre Agapè Centre food bank
WHAT: Buy Local Share Local donation booth
Cornwall Farmers’ Market, (George Assaly Lane, Pill Street between 2nd and 3rd)
Saturday, October 9, 2010
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cheque presentation at 11 a.m.
For more information about Buy Local Share Local, please visit www.buylocalsharelocal.ca.
For more information about Centre Agapè Centre food bank please visit: www.agapecentre.ca
About the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)
The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is a network of 20 regional food banks and over 100 community food banks across the province from Windsor to Ottawa and Niagara Falls to Thunder Bay working towards a hunger-free Ontario. It is our mission to provide food, funding, and solutions to reduce hunger in the province. For more information about OAFB as well as hunger and poverty in Ontario, please visit www.oafb.ca.
About RBC Community Blueprint™
Created to support a broad range of community initiatives, through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities across North America and around the world, RBC Community Blueprint™ has contributed more than $105 million to community causes worldwide through donations of more than $52.6 million, and an additional $52.5 million in sponsorship of community events and national organizations.
It’s been an amazing summer. From the Summer Company students to the Doggies Doing it in the Market it’s really been a total Cornwall Cultural and Epicurean adventure. Kudos to the DBIA and all of the Vendors who have supported the venue this season.
I can’t wait until next year! See you at the Cornwall Farmers’ Market Saturday and we’ll be broadcasting LIVE from 8AM on Seawayradio.com.