Community Rallies in Support of Proposed Food Hub in Smiths Falls

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Community Rallies in Support of Proposed Food Hub in Smiths Falls

April 13, 2022

Smiths Falls - The Table Community Food Centre (The Table) wants to thank the community for the responses, support and commitments received following a recent survey about the proposed Falls Food Hub.

“We received a tremendous response from the community in support of the Falls Food Hub following the launch of our survey last month,” said Ramsey Hart, Executive Director of The Table Community Food Centre. “We already have a great team of partners working to try to make this a reality, and we were so pleased to see even more businesses and community members come forward  to show their support for this much needed initiative.”

The survey, which asked about people’s willingness to support the Falls Food Hub, received 188 responses from individuals and businesses who were keen to see the project move forward.  Many people noted that it would fill a gap in services and a number indicated they look forward to participating in the programs themselves.

An overwhelming majority of people expressed an interest in volunteering. One hundred and forty five people are willing to help set up the Hub by painting or other carpentry work once a location has been secured, as well as fundraising, communications and community engagement.

Over $10,000 was pledged towards the costs of setting up the Hub and pledges of annual donations for operating costs totaled $15,000.

One hundred and sixty five people put their names forward to help once programs are up and running including dish washing, food preparation and serving meals. Those offering their support even included a number of trained cooks and a professional baker! The survey also yielded several potential partnership opportunities, and commitments from businesses like Miller’s Bay Farm, who already generously supports the Table in Perth.

“We feel that this is a much needed organization for Smiths Falls,” said Shannon Miller, Co-owner of Miller’s Bay Farm. “Having enjoyed a great working relationship with The Table (which continues presently), we will be pleased to work with the Falls Food Hub.”

The Table’s staff and Board of Directors are greatly encouraged by the support and remain committed to the project. Earlier this month, the board authorized the use up to $75,000 of The Table’s reserve funds for establishing the Hub.  With their community partners, they continue to look for a location and to solidify the financial support needed to move forward. Additional details will be communicated to the community once available.

About the Falls Food Hub

The Falls Food Hub grew from a need in the community, and has been championed by several partners, including the Table, Rideau Community Health Services, Trinity United Church, St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church and the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. To date Canopy Growth Corporation and the Town of Smiths Falls have provided funding to kick-start The Falls Food Hub.

The Hub aspires to be a casual drop-in place where community members can enjoy good food, conversation and friendship, while accessing other much-needed resources. Work is underway to secure a location for the Hub, and determine the details such as hours of service, programming, and more.  Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

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For further information, please contact:

Ramsey Hart

Executive Director, the Table Community Food Centre

ramsey@thetablecfc.org

613-267-6428 ext 8