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Canada: 'Fresh' idea growing in popularity - The Kingston Whig-Standard

Found: Mon Jul 17 02:20:51 2017 PDT
Source: Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 Sun Media
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Author: Steph Crosier, Kingston Whig-Standard, scrosier@postmedi

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'Fresh' idea growing in popularity

By Steph Crosier, Kingston Whig-Standard

Sunday, July 16, 2017 5:07:22 EDT PM

Lilith Wyatt, food access co-ordinator with Loving Spoonful, at the fresh food market stand at the Salvation Army on Patrick Street on Friday. (Steph Crosier/The Whig-Standard)

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KINGSTON - Continuing their quest to ensure everyone has access to healthy food, Loving Spoonful has installed and been maintaining 17 free Fresh Food Market Stands in Kingston.

"There's surplus food that we pick up every day, in particular from farmers and gardeners, so instead of it going to waste, we put it here so people who appreciate can access it directly," Lilith Wyatt, food access co-ordinator with Loving Spoonful, said on Friday afternoon at the Salvation Army before a load of broccoli, mint, herbs, lettuce, sandwiches and other fresh food was dropped off at the 342 Patrick St. location.

"There are food pantries and some food banks where you have to register, prove your need or poverty, and these markets are just a direct, dignified way for anyone who needs it, takes it."

The markets' pilot project started last year with the support of the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area. Nine were set up and the main concern of those hosting the markets was what would happen if the food went bad, Wyatt said.

"The feedback we got [from the hosting agencies] was on the opposite end of the spectrum," Wyatt said. "It was 'it's going way too quickly, can you please fill it more often?'"

The markets were so successful that Loving Spoonful, with support of Union Gas's Helping Hands in Action program, opened eight more locations.

Wyatt said the markets compliment the already successful hot meal programs. Grateful customers get a choice of what to eat that night.

"When you go to a hot meal program, even if it's beautiful food, you get what is served and you're grateful for it," Wyatt said. "But it's a different experience and a more dignified experience if there is a stand, just like a market, and you get to choose what you like."

Wyatt said HIV AIDS Regional Services (HARS) have also found that it is breaking down even more barriers. They've found that those coming in for the produce are becoming more willing to be tested for HIV and access their other programming.

"For folks that aren't infected, they're also in the habit of coming in to get food, which breaks down that barrier. It's not just that HARS is for people experiencing that stigma of being HIV positive," Wyatt said.

"They've become a hub in the neighbourhood on upper Princess Street where people know. People walk in and ask, "It's Monday morning, has the produce come yet?' That's what we're hearing form HARS. That's really exciting."

Maria Sadowy, of the Salvation Army, said their partnership with Loving Spoonful allows them to provide healthier meals at their Gathering Place program and it compliments their mostly non-perishable food pantry.

"It's an extension to the food pantry, but it's basically healthier options that we wouldn't be able to afford because we have a limited budget," Sadowy said. "Loving Spoonful has been great. It just wouldn't be possible without their partnership."

One of Loving Spoonful's volunteers, Madison Hainstock, said the markets have also helped her with her master's thesis on people's relationship with food while going from homelessness to housing. She's working in the department of kinesiology and health studies under the supervision of Jeff Masuda at the Centre for Environmental Health Equity.

For her research Hainstock interviewed 10 individuals referred to her by Addictions and Mental Health Services. Many of those interviewed utilized the Fresh Food Markets, saying it was their main source of fresh produce. She said it allowed the interviewees to budget where they had to spend their money, giving them flexibility.

"If they were able to pick up tomatoes [from the market] they were able to save a bit of money to spend on some other staple they could only buy at the grocery store," Hainstock said. "The fresh market stands helped make ends meet more than anything. It helped them ensure they did have fresh fruit and vegetables when otherwise they may not get that at food banks, and they may not get it just based on what they could afford at the grocery store ... or just having enough food to make it through the month to be honest."

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Markets can be found at the following locations:

- HIV AIDS Regional Services, 844A Princess St.

- Princess Street Suites & Studios, 720 Princess St. (residents only)

- Martha's Table, 629 Princess St.

- Addictions and Mental Health Services, 552 Princess St.

- Next Church, 89 Colborne St.

- St. Vincent de Paul, 85 Stephen St.

- Lunch By George, 129 Wellington St.

- KEYS Job Centre, 182 Sydenham St.

- Street Health, 115 Barrack St.

- Ontario Works, 362 Montreal St.

- Salvation Army Community and Family Services, 342 Patrick St.

- Home Base Housing, 540 Montreal St.

- John Howard, 771 Montreal St. (clients only)

- Family and Children's Services, 817 Division St.

- Kingston Community Health Centre, 263 Weller Ave.

- Kingston Frontenac Housing, 94 Compton St, Unit 7

- Robin's Hope, confidential location

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