SACKVILLE, N.B. – Residents of Sackville have always been known for their willingness to help those in need, especially when it comes to food. From supporting the food bank to creating breakfast programs at schools, from community dinners for charity to teaching kitchens for youth, the people of Sackville care about food security.
A new program designed by the Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities allows more volunteers to receive training that will allow them to work safely and effectively with food actions. At the same time, it develops capacity within our community, giving people necessary skills to gain employment.
Based on similar programs from Ontario and Nova Scotia, the Community Food Mentor program includes sessions on such topics as basic kitchen skills, program planning, budgeting, healthy eating, vegetarian cooking, and also includes National Food Safety Certification, an important credential for those looking for work in the food service industry.
The local delivery of this program is being supported by Renaissance Sackville, working along with various community groups and individuals with an interest in food. The sessions will be led by a combination of facilitators from within the community and professionals working in the field.
“This program is one that is recognized provincially, as well as in other places in the country,” explained Stacey Merrigan, community engagement coordinator for Renaissance Sackville. “But the most valuable part of the whole experience is the fact that people who are interested in working to improve food security in Sackville will get the opportunity to work together and come up with ideas that really work for our community.”
Details of the program will be unveiled at a special launch on Feb. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. in town council chambers. Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend. Registration for this free program will open on this date, with a maximum class size of 12. Extra spaces will be available for the National Food Safety training, at a reduced cost.
For more information, or to volunteer services as a facilitator, contact Merrigan at 364-4950 or email@example.com.