NEAT’s Community Can donates over 600 jars to Peace Region food banks

Sonya Runacres volunteering with the 2016 Community Can. Photo by Northern Environmental Action Team

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team and the North Peace Savings & Credit Union have joined forces once again to host the 2016 Community Can. This year, the canning event has been expanded in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John thanks to a contribution from the credit union. There have been two Community Cans in Fort St. John this year, along with a third in Dawson Creek to preserve local produce to be donated to eve more food banks.

The annual food security event targets two specific areas of food insecurity: food skills and access to healthy food. Participants are able to develop their preservation skills while recipients are receiving healthy foods. Last year, the event donated more than 270 jars of produce and in so far this year 389 jars have been donated in Fort St. John with a further 216 jars donated in Dawson Creek.

Food security is a growing concern in the Peace Region area where prices can be much higher than elsewhere across the country. NEAT says that teaching food preservation skills and providing healthy donations to outreach organizations can help shed light on these issues.

“The Community Can is a practical way to give back to the community, reduce food waste and support local organizations providing food services,” said NEAT Program Coordinator Karen Mason-Bennett. “The Salvation Armies and Women’s Resources Society are truly on the front line of the local food crisis. The Community Can helps to shed a light on the situation locally through practical action.”

The more than 600 jars were delivered by NEAT and the NPSCU to the Salvation Army in Dawson Creek, as well as to both the Salvation Army and Women’s Resource Society in Fort St. John earlier this week.