An Ottawa meals financial institution that accepts “prescriptions” for contemporary produce is struggling to maintain up as increasingly more folks come from throughout town searching for fruit and greens.
About five years in the past, the Parkdale Food Centre in Hintonburg started accepting purchasers from exterior its catchment space, offered they have got a written word for nutritious meals from their physician or social employee.
It is a part of a rising “social prescription” motion to advertise wholesome consuming, train, and even social interplay. Karen Secord, government director of the Parkdale Food Centre, stated because the meals financial institution started accepting the prescriptions, she’s seen its monthly meals price range practically double from $12,000 to $22,000.
Secord mentioned the meals financial institution, situated throughout the Somerset West Community Health Centre, is exclusive as a result of it strives to supply solely healthy meals, together with limitless fruit and vegetables.
Agnes Nakitende and her household got here to Canada from Uganda for about six months in the past. After they arrived, she stated her kids began creating meals allergy symptoms, and her husband was identified with diabetes. Nakitende stated the processed meals available right here was partly guilty.
She mentioned her dietitian then directed them towards the Parkdale Food Centre. Armed with a prescription, the household was welcomed with open arms though they stay in one other a part of the city.
Idayat Olugbade was in an identical scenario after shifting to Ottawa from Nigeria along with her three youngsters. She buses about 45 minutes from their shelter within the east finish to get to the Parkdale Meals Centre. Olugbade recollects the primary time she arrived dwelling with the contemporary produce
For the Parkdale Food Centre, although, its repute, because the go-to identity for nutritious meals, has come at a value. Secord stated when she determined to start out accepting the prescriptions, it was partly to show a degree.
The meals financial institution is now becoming a member of with eight different organizations to attempt to create distribution hubs throughout town the place individuals will ultimately be capable of getting contemporary meals nearer to home.