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Nutrition Coupon Program

Nutrition program.jpgThe BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) is a healthy eating initiative that supports farmers’ markets and strengthens food security across British Columbia. Community partner organizations hand out coupons to lower-income families and seniors participating in their food literacy programs. These coupons can be spent at all BC farmers' markets that participate in the FMNCP to purchase fruits, vegetables, cheese, eggs, nuts, fish and meat. Each household enrolled in the program is eligible to receive a minimum of $15/week in coupons. 

The Clearwater Farmers Market and Yellowhead Community Services has partnered to deliver this program to 20 low income families, pregnant women and seniors in Clearwater.

 

For more information contact Joanna at 250-674-3530 or joanna.h@yellowheadcs.ca

Links:

http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/coupon-program/about-program

https://youtu.be/NOvHZKmkE9A

100 Mile Diet

100mile-cover.jpgYou may have a heard of the “100 Mile Diet” lately….this lifestyle is based on the book of the same name which encourages readers to eat locally. While not everyone can successfully source 100% of their diet from within the 100 Mile boundary, you may be surprised to find how large this area actually is, and how much of your groceries you can source from local providers. Here’s how to get started;

  1. Start small - You can start with a single meal, a 100-Mile day, a one-week commitment or even just focus on a particular area, such as produce or meat. Most people partner up, or do the 100-Mile Diet as a family or group.
  2. There are no rules – Make your 100-Mile Diet experiment a challenge and do as much as what works for your family. Share your success with your friends and family and encourage others to join in!
  3. Find your farmers’ market and get to know your local farmers - The easiest and most fun step toward eating locally. Make the market a weekly priority for your food shopping. To find yours, go to the BC Association of Farmers Markets. You can also use the Thompson-Shuswap Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Map. Ask around - your friends and neighbors are great sources for knowing where to find local food.
  4. Start a garden… even a tiny one - Self-sufficiency feels good. Don’t have space? Contact the local community garden to reserve a plot. Don’t know how? Keep your eyes open for gardening workshops or borrow a book from the library about food gardening. Contact with the local garden club to connect with other gardeners.
  5. Buy in bulk and preserve - Buying bulk saves money, and preserving your own food for winter is satisfying. If you have never canned before, find out how at the National Center for Home Food Preservation. If you don’t have the equipment, contact the Lending Cupboard to arrange a loan. If you have a cold room, closet, basement or root cellar, you can store root vegetables and more for weeks.
  6.  Now find your 100 miles! - Use this mapping tool to find your 100 miles. First select the radius distance you want below the map.   Most people find a 100-mile radius a useful, easy-to-work-with boundary. Or you can enter any radius distance you want to decide what your own idea of ‘local’ is. Then you can enter your postal code in the search box above the map. Then click on the map for your location.  The mapping tool creates a light green circle that is the radius you have chosen.  If you can't see the circle, you might need to zoom out a few times.