Good Food Box Newsletter May 5/2021

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?        Pilgrims. (I should probably apologize for that.)

We have heard from some folks that they are getting too many potatoes and onions and that perhaps there are other things they would like to see in the food boxes. It might be possible to do some rearranging-no guarantees-but we’d like some input. On the other hand, we certainly don’t want to fix what ain’t broke. Our contact info is at the end of this newsletter and it would be very helpful to hear from you what you want.

The Jamboree, CropSharing and Garden season are all but here. Go to our website to find out details and get involved! We are always looking for new ideas as well so if there is something we can help facilitate by all means, let us know. Of course, everything has to be modified with covid in mind, safety is always a priority.

We still have a few tomato and cucumber plants to share for our “rhubarb”garden. This is where people care for the plants until harvest at their home, and share the harvest with us who then extend it out to the community as a whole. Anyone interested in participating in any way is more than welcome.

Financial update and clarification. Some of you have been asking about the subsidies and what they are and who gets them. If you are paying for your box at the set price (large $25, small $20, and fruit or vegetable bags $15) not only are you covering the cost of your box, you are contributing a dollar (or so) to the subsidized boxes. The expectation for those receiving a subsidy is that they contribute when they can. It is community supporting each other.

Sometimes, like this week, there are a few extras. We don’t buy these. They are donations given to us to share, and so we share them. When we come together and support initiatives like this one, it makes it easier for other organizations who might have a bit extra now and then to add to the pot.

Our April income statement looks like this:

Food expenses $2052.43

Donations $500.00

Perth and District Community Foundation Grant $300.00

Income from sales of boxes $1505.00

Balance of $252.57

We are on the right track. Thank you to everyone for their help.

Through the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, we will be hiring 3 youth. The age range is 15-30, 2 people for the community garden and 1 person for a more clerical position. More comprehensive job descriptions will be sent out soon.

We are planning ahead to possible fund raisers. Please share your ideas. One item to consider is a possible yard sale or silent auction. We have held an auction in the past which was very successful. We will need everyone to check their basements and attics for possible items to donate. Another great item is a skill. For example, 2 hours of housecleaning or perhaps 2 hours of yard work. I know I could certainly benefit from both!

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”
― Shannon L. Alder

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay happy!

Melanie Mills, Plan B,

To order a Good Food Box or learn more about Plan B in the Lanark Highlands:

Call or text: 613-434-4435