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Free harvest market for those in need

Low-income individuals and families now have another option to help them meet their healthy food needs. A new market is set to open at Waverley Drive school on July 2, offering free fruits and vegetables to those in need.
“We believe that this program will play an important role in bringing more food security to those in need in the northeast corner of our city,” Chalmers Community Services’ Peter Gill said in a news release.
The North End Harvest Market is a pilot project that will be open on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. until the end of December.
It is an initiative that has been made possible by a coalition of community groups, organizations and churches.
The market will operate out of the school’s east parking lot or on bad-weather days out of portable 6, behind the parking lot.
To qualify for the free produce, people will need only to confidentially provide a name and address. Once registered, people will be able to access fresh produce every two weeks, the release said.
“By focusing our resources on fresh produce, we hope that we can help improve the diet and health of some of our vulnerable citizens,” said Gill. “But this program is about more than food. We also want to create a fun place to gather and celebrate community.”

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