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Fresh4Less Program Coming to Blackville this Fall

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A new initiative aimed at better connecting Miramichiers with healthy food options will start in Blackville in October.

The Fresh4Less program, which will be selling bags of fresh produce at a discount, is being launched in recognition of the fact that, for many Miramichi families, having consistent access to healthy food is something that can often be out of reach.

The type of food people should be eating, according to project co-ordinator Michelle Davidson-Legere, is also the most expensive at the grocery store.

Fresh produce purchased in bulk by the Northumberland Food Security Network, will be available at pickup locations throughout the Miramichi region for anyone who registers for the program. Buying in bulk ultimately drives down the cost and allows the group to pass on those savings to anybody who wants to take part.

“It’s really starting to gain some momentum,” Davidson-Legere said. “This is targeted at everybody, but our main target is to have people eating fresh, healthy food to help reduce obesity and just improve the health of people in the Miramichi community.”

Anybody who signs up for the program, which launches on October 4, can pick up one bag per month for either $10 or $20.

Davidson-Legere noted the larger $20 bag contains what would normally be about $40 worth of groceries and is suitable for a family of four. Similarly, the smaller $10 bag will contain roughly double the value.

The cost to participate is a one-time registration fee of $5. The Blackville pick-up location will be at the Greater Blackville Resource Centre. If you are interested in registering, please do so at the GBRC, 12073 Route 8 (Voice of Hope Ministries building) on October 4 between 4:00pm to 6:00pm.  Pick-up locations will also be set up in Chatham, Newcastle, Neguac, Rogersville, and Baie-Sainte-Anne.  The first deliveries will take place on November 1.

For more details about the Fresh4Less program, contact Michelle Davidson-Legere at 626-0235 or by email at fresh4lesspensezfrais@gmail.com.

“This is all-inclusive and anybody can join,” Davidson-Legere said. “So we’re just really hoping people will join and spread the word.”

Visit the program Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Fresh4LessPensezFrais/.

Les McLaughlin

Les McLaughlin is a website developer by day and a local news reporter/community ambassador by night. You can reach him by email at les@villageofblackville.com.

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