Local food-share group plans inaugural CareTable, seeks donations of fresh garden-grown produce

CareTable is a community food table that can be accessed by anyone, donor or recipient.

KitchenCare, a local community food-share group, is planning its inaugural CareTable event this coming Saturday, in the parking lot adjacent to the downtown Barrie Public Library.
The initiative operates under the umbrella of the City’s Connected Core program,  a pilot project developed by the mayor’s Shift Government Project. The project’s main focus is to connect the community, eliminate stigma, coordinate existing resources, and to engage all community stakeholders.
CareTable is a community food table that can be accessed by anyone, donor or recipient. The program will receive donations of produce grown in backyards and or community gardens, distributing it to those is need.
“We invite everyone who can benefit from this to come and take part. If anyone has any extra produce or perishable food items, they can place it on our table. Any individual or family experiencing any level of food insecurity is invited to come and take what’s on the table, at no cost,” says Paul Kovacs, Connected Core’s program coordinator.
At each community food table, volunteers will accept garden produce or any non-perishable foods items to be shared with any community member that needs it. Any remaining food will be donated to local organizations that help vulnerable people dealing with food insecurity.
The inaugural event is planned for the parking lot at the courier of Clapperton and Worsley streets, 1-3 p.m.

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