1st Fredericton BPSA (Scouting) Annual Food Drive

This will be the 18th year 1st Fredericton Baden Powell Service Association has undertaken a food drive for the Fredericton Community Kitchen.  In April of every year, their group obtains permission from the city of Fredericton to canvass the neighborhood of roughly 1,000 homes on the Hill in Fredericton between Smythe and Regent Streets and Dundonald  and Montgomery Streets. People are asked to donate non-perishable food items and high efficiency detergents (Tide and Sunlight for example).

Wednesday, April 18th, the Timber Wolves and Otters (children aged 5-10) will be delivering flyers and grocery bag to residences in the area.  The flyer explains the food drive and encourages people to fill the grocery bag with items the Community Kitchens need and place it on their door step for pick up on Saturday morning April 21, 2018.  On Saturday morning April 21, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM their group will pick up bags seen on door steps and deliver them to the Fredericton Community Kitchens.

This project supports the Fredericton Community Kitchens and supports the efforts of the BPSA as they strive to encourage young people to serve their community.  1st Fredericton BPSA is a scouting organization that is sponsored by the Brunswick Street Baptist Church here in Fredericton.  Thank you to the Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op for supplying grocery bags for this project every year.

Call for Board of Directors Nominations

AIDS New Brunswick (AIDS NB)Inc. is a provincial non-profit organization that aims to promote and support the health and well-being of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, while helping to reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted and blood born infections in New Brunswick through the provision of prevention, education and support initiatives.
AIDS NB is now accepting nominations to its Board of Directors.  In order to be nominated to the Board of Directors you must be a member of the organization for at least 30 days prior to our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM).  As our organization is provincial in scope, we are accepting nominations from across our province.  You can become involved in the process by either nominating yourself to be a candidate to the Board of Directors or nominating someone you know as a candidate to the Board.
AIDS NB is governed by a strong Board of Directors.  We are seeking members that are professional, experienced and interested in executing the vision of our organization.  To learn more about AIDS NB’s mission and goals, please visit our website at: http://aidsnb.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=286f3ccee9be75dd9441871dd&id=3cf506faa5&e=3bb06d1e5f.
Please note that the nomination form can be completed online at http://aidsnb.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=286f3ccee9be75dd9441871dd&id=7fc0d8849f&e=3bb06d1e5f. The deadline to complete this form is 11:59 PM AST on May 14, 2017.
If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, please take the time to fill-in the nomination form.  If you know of someone who may be interested in becoming a Board Member, please feel free to share this information. People living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C who possess the necessary skill set are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please note that the AIDS NB’s upcoming AGM will take place in Fredericton, on Saturday, June 24, 2017
Please contact Executive Director Matthew Smith at matt@aidsnb.com or by phone at 1-800-561-4009 ext. 102, for any questions.

High School's Food Program Marks One Year – With Breakfast


The Daily Gleaner

May 3, 2017

The Fredericton High School food support initiative Kats' Kitchen is turning a year old, and it’s celebrating with a fundraising breakfast.

Robyn Allaby, FHS vice principal and program organizer, said more than 100 volunteer students, teachers, and administrators help make Kats' Kitchen a reality. They serve as many as 175 breakfasts and 125 lunches every day.

This costs the program about $2,400 each month, funded through outside donations and fundraising drives.

This Friday, four local restaurants The Blue Canoe, The Cabin, The Coffee Mill and Porter’s Diner ­have agreed to donate $4 for every $7 Kats' Kitchen Breakfast that they sell, Allaby said.

She said the organizer's focus this year is on finding long-term sponsors, and using the program as a learning tool for students.

“This year we’re really trying to promote leadership within the organizational group itself, and so the Grade 11 and 12 kids, they're running the meetings, writing the agenda,” she said.

Kats' Kitchen provides breakfast to students independently, but the lunch is provided by the Fredericton Community Kitchens.

Bart Myers, chair of the student hunger program with the Fredericton Community Kitchens, said these programs are indispensable.

“Sometimes it’s invisible,” he said. “A child who comes to school hungry is incapable of focusing on school. That lack of access for school is a major obstacle to kids participating in a learning environment. If kids are coming hungry to school their thoughts are on ‘where am I going to get my next meal’ not on what’s happening in chemistry class.”

According to a 2016 Hunger Count national study, 32.5 per cent of people assisted in food banks in New Brunswick were under the age of 18. This is under the national average of 35.6 per cent but more than British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

Myers said the community kitchen feeds more than 600 students a day in the Greater Fredericton Area, but despite that he still has no gauge of the extent of the city’s student hunger problem.

“[Before we started] teachers throughout the system were bringing in granola bars and juice boxes and having all kinds of stuff in their file cabinets or their desk drawer and sort of handing those things out when approached by a student,” he said. “For Fredericton what you would have had is a lot of well-meaning teachers and a lot of well-meaning parents trying in an ad­hoc way to respond to a problem that was much bigger than them.”

This is why volunteers and hard­working teachers are imperative for these lunch programs, he said.

“[School staff] are working all week but they’re giving up additional time on the weekend to make this work."

99­ Year ­Old Volunteer Lives to Help Others


The Daily Gleaner

April 25, 2017

For 99­ year ­old Lola Crawford, the secret to a long, happy life is helping others. And she's still at it.

Age hasn't stopped Crawford from spending many of her days volunteering.

On Tuesday, she stood at a table at the Fredericton Community Kitchen filling hundreds of take­out containers with dinner rolls and casserole to be served to students and others in the city.

She also serves on many committees at her church. Until last year she did door ­to­ door canvassing in her neighbourhood.

"It's natural to me. I have always done it."

Lola is looking forward to many more happy and healthy years. She has no plans to slow down and says she will continue to volunteer as long as she is able.

"If something happens, and I have to stop, I understand. But I plan not to be bitter in my old age," she said.

She's never smoked, she said, but she enjoys the occasional glass of wine before supper. Red or white?

"Whatever's there."

A positive attitude helps too, she said.

"Don't gossip. Keep busy. I have lived my whole life, in various ways, helping people."

Many people half her age might have trouble keeping up with her schedule. She wakes early, gets dressed and puts on her make­up and jewelry. Then she enjoys a healthy breakfast of fruit, toast and cereal.

"All­Bran to keep you going," she said.

It sets her up for a busy day that involves lots of people and activities.

On a good day with the roads clear, you may see her driving her purple sedan to and from her volunteer activities.

Crawford lives independently at her North side Fredericton home and continues to do all of her own housework.

"If you don't do anything then you lose it."

She's kept busy every day since she retired, at 69, from a convenience store that used to be open in Nashwaaksis.

The key to longevity, she said is to keep moving.

"I try to walk every day but if I am busy I don't," she said.

She also loves to spend time with her many friends and family members. Lola celebrated her 99th birthday earlier this month.

"I know I am 99 but I don't think I am."

She's the life of any party and is still quite a dancer, her friend Doreen Armstrong said.

She doesn't watch much TV. Instead she enjoys reading, she said. Sometimes she will visit friends at their homes.

"Not as much as I used to because many of them have died."

Walmart Fundraiser: Fight Hunger. Spark Change.

Walmart will be running a new fundraising campaign from April 20-May 11 called Fight Hunger. Spark Change.

A few key highlights:
Who: Local matched food banks who are currently a part of the Retail Food Program with local Walmart stores.
1. There is a customer round up program at the till that will be matched by Walmart Canada for a potential of up to $4,000 per store ($2,000 by customers and a $2,000 match from Walmart per store). 
2. Walmart stores will have food collection bins to encourage food donations to their matched food banks.
3. There is also a vendor portion whereby when the consumer purchases a product, the vendor will make a contribution to Food Banks Canada.
When: Runs April 20 - May 11
Where: This campaign is being run in all Walmart stores
How: Walmart will provide Food Banks Canada with the breakdown in allocations and then Food Banks Canada will issue checks to local food banks.
Why: Goal is to continue to build a deeper relationship with local food banks and the donating public and help them Fight Hunger. Spark Change through awareness and activity.
Should you have any additional questions, please contact: Tania Little (tania@foodbankscanada.ca) 

READY! SET! PLANT a Row ... Grow a Row!

As this year's gardening season gets ever closer to "full bloom", we are delighted to be in the 18th year of our national food growing & sharing program, Plant a Row ● Grow a Row - Un Rang pour ceux qui ont faim.

It's a simple and thoughtful idea that first originated in Winnipeg in 1986 and then was launched across Canada in the Year 2000 through a joint partnership between theGarden Writers Association, the Canadian Association of Food Banks and The Compost Council of Canada. Lots and lots of fresh produce donations from local gardeners are now being received at food banks each growing season.

To kick off this year's program, we have free veggie seed packages available for planting & sharing, thanks to the support from SCOTTS Canada and our partnership with Communities in Bloom and The Compost Council of Canada.

This year, our supply includes office-packed packets of untreated seeds, with the selection being beets, pole beans, spinach, peas and kale.

We have to limit quantities and it will be an assortment of the different veggie seeds available .... But if you would like to be on our list for send-out, please let us know byFriday April 21st so that we have enough time to scoot these out to you for International Compost Awareness Week 2017 (May 7 - 13).

Just email Danielle c/o info@compost.org. And please don't forget your mailing address, contact info and how you will be distributing these seeds.

We've included a jpeg of our Plant a Row - Grow a Row - Un Rang pour ceux qui ont faim poster which is sized for printing (8.5 x 11) with space on the poster for you to write/type specific local information about your efforts or where-to-donate, etc.

We look forward to hearing all about your veggie gardening successes (and learning) this year and always. Have a great growing season.

We're here to grow together.

Plant - Grow - Share a Row

P.S. A special package of Mark's Choice BEE & POLLINATOR WILDFLOWER MIX will also be included in each shipment, donated by our friend, Mark Cullen. =)

P.P.S. And to help with your outreach, we also have temporary tattoos (our favourite is SOIL LOVES COMPOST) as well as very fun buttons (our favourite is "Give Peas a Chance") ... just let us know if you'd like us to send you some of these as well.

Superstore Collecting for Massive Food Drive


The Daily Gleaner

April 4, 2017

 Donations to the spring food drive at the Atlantic Superstore's Smythe Street location will be accepted between now and April 13. Pictured above, from left to right, are Fredericton's deputy mayor Kate Rogers, Alison Juta, executive assistant of the Greener Village food centre, Elizabeth Crawford Thurber, executive director of the Greener Village food centre, and Fredericton-Grand Lake MLA Pam Lynch. Photo: Adam Bowie/The Daily Gleaner

Donations to the spring food drive at the Atlantic Superstore's Smythe Street location will be accepted between now and April 13. Pictured above, from left to right, are Fredericton's deputy mayor Kate Rogers, Alison Juta, executive assistant of the Greener Village food centre, Elizabeth Crawford Thurber, executive director of the Greener Village food centre, and Fredericton-Grand Lake MLA Pam Lynch.
Photo: Adam Bowie/The Daily Gleaner

More people have donated food or cash to their local food bank at the Atlantic Superstore outlet on Smythe Street than at any other Loblaw-owned grocery store in the country for a national fundraising campaign, according to officials with the chain.

On Tuesday, staff at the Smythe Street store celebrated strong support for their annual spring food drive, which calls on community members to donate cash or non-perishable foods to the cause.

The donations collected at the Smythe Street store go to the Greener Village, while the Nashwaaksis Atlantic Superstore will support the Fredericton Community Kitchen, and the Oromocto Atlantic Superstore's bounty will support the Oromocto and Area Food Bank.

Nationally, Loblaw Companies Ltd. hopes to raise $1.2 million and 700,000 pounds of food this spring through donations collected across Canada. Since 2009, the company's stores have raised more than $15 million and collected more than 13 million pounds of food for the hungry.

Close to 20,000 New Brunswickers visit a food bank at least once a month for assistance, according to Food Banks Canada.

Here in Fredericton, officials with the Greener Village Community Food Centre say the number of users has doubled over the past five years, with the facility now distributing more than 1,200 boxes of food products to families each month.

Mike Rodrigue, the Smythe Street store's manager, said he hopes people will maintain the momentum generated by year's effort, which continues between now and Apr. 13.

"It's not about being No. 1 for [a contest]. It's something that actually impacts our community. Somebody told me a long time ago that you need to support those who support you. We're supported by our customers so I think the fact that we can support the members of the community who are in need is awesome," he said.

Since the store began participating in the program in 2012, staff have put together 42,000 gift bags for the food bank. Customers can donate items at the check-out.

"That's just shy of $66,000 in food donations alone, outside of the other donations we've made, or the money drives," Rodrigue said.

Earlier this week, officials with the Community Action Group on Homelessness in Fredericton released the results of a new survey, which suggested the unique number of stays in local homeless shelters has declined by 31 per cent since 2014.

Even though that was a bit of positive news for those who battle poverty in the capital region, Elizabeth Crawford Thurber, executive director of the Greener Village Community Food Centre, said the challenges are still considerable, particularly around food security for the working poor.

"People just don't have the money left over to buy food once they've paid their bills, or paid for their power, which just went up," she said.

"Everything impacts what you have available for food. That's the volatile part of our financing. You can cut corners there. You can't cut corners and keep your power on. If you don't pay, they'll shut it off. If your kids need something for school, that comes first. That's why we have so many people coming to see us for food assistance."

Back in 2007, she said, the facility's food budget was about $70,000. This year, they've set aside $250,000 for food and they're not sure that'll meet all the needs.

That's why efforts like the spring food drive are so important, she said.

"It's imperative the donations continue to flow. Unless we communicate to the community, and use these campaigns to build knowledge within our community that we're almost feeding 1,300 families, you'll see that we can't do this on our own," she said.

"We don't have the money to pay for that increase as the demand keeps growing. So we need efforts like this."

Deputy mayor Kate Rogers praised the program. She said until systemic changes can address the root causes of food insecurity and homelessness, many families will struggle to put food on the table.

"It's tough with the ever-increasing costs of food. You get your weekly groceries and everything is a little bit more and I often think of the significant costs to families," she said.

"It's a real struggle. The expense is high."

Fredericton-Grand Lake MLA Pam Lynch, who also attended the launch of this year's food drive, said these kinds of community efforts are critical.

"With the way the economy is now, I think a lot of people are losing their jobs and they just can't manage," she said.

"People need help. One thing you can say about New Brunswickers is that they always step up to the plate."

Homeless Face challenge when a Blizzard Rages



Fredericton’s shelters were doing their best to serve the needs of the local homeless population as Monday’s blizzard blasted.

“It’s dangerous out there,” said Warren Maddox, executive director of Fredericton Homeless Shelters.

The group operates Saint John House, a men’s shelter; Grace House, a women’s shelter; and Brunswick Home, a temporary, transitional space for clients.

“Our capacity has been running extremely high,” he said. “We were at overflow last night [at Saint John House].”

That’s definitely due to the storm, Maddox said, and he expects the same Monday night into Tuesday.

“Grace House is maxed out as well, and so is Brunswick Home,” he said.

Mike Smith, interim executive director of the Fredericton Community Kitchen, said he, the cook and the driver who normally delivers food to other outreach programs all made it into the kitchen Monday morning. Deliveries were cancelled, he said, but the driver pitched in.

The kitchen had about 20 people for breakfast Monday morning, about two thirds of the usual crowd, he said.

Smith said the community kitchen usually serves three meals a day. Six volunteers weren’t able to make it in for lunch, but they managed to serve up a meal anyway. But supper will be cancelled, with plans of bagged meals for those in the shelter.

“For the safety of the staff, we’re going to close down and get home,” he said.

The shelter also serves meals to those who come in off the street, but not Monday. It might not be safe for them to brave the storm to get to the facility for supper anyway, Smith said.

Maddox said while the weather poses additional challenges for their organizations, staff anticipate and prepare for it.

If the demand exceeds even the overcapacity numbers, he said, the organization has other partners with which it works - such as the Department of Social Development and local churches - to ensure people have a roof over their heads in such storms.

In a pinch, Maddox said, the Fredericton Police Force will even take people into the cells at the police station.

“They’re a space of absolute last resort,” he said.

Sgt. Justin LeBlanc with the Fredericton Police Force said no one was lodged in the cells overnight Sunday into Monday, but their doors are open for anyone in need.

Officers are always on the lookout for people who might need shelter in such storms, he said, and if that happens Monday, officers will invite people to come to the station and keep warm there. Normally, LeBlanc said, officers might offer to take someone to the shelters, but at this time of year, they’re usually over capacity already.

SOURCE: Daily Gleaner, Page A3, Telegraph-Journal, Page A8, Times and Transcript, Page A6

Fredericton Homeless Count 2016

The Fredericton Homeless Count reveals that people on our streets are living with complex health issues. The longer a person remains on the streets, the more vulnerable they become to exploitation, chronic illness and a host of other challenges.

In Rosanne Haggerty's address to the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness she asserted "It can be easy to grow accustomed to vulnerable people living on our streets, especially if we believe there’s nothing we personally can do about it. The truth, of course, is that we are the only ones who can do something about it. There is no cavalry coming; it has to be us."

It is time to build a critical sense of urgency in regards to homelessness in Fredericton. Please share this video widely to help build the momentum and social will needed to help end homelessness in our community.

We can do better and we must do better.

Food Security and Insecurity in New Brunswick

You are cordially invited to the launch of the report Food Security and Insecurity in New Brunswick: Portrait, Challenges, and Perspectives to be held on April 25, 2016 at 11:00 am, at the Université de Moncton* in room 136A/136B of Pavillon Léopold-Taillon. Cathy Rogers, minister of Social Development, will be present. Refreshments will be served.

Please, confirm your attendance by replying to this email.

Cartes / Maps



Push for Change

The "Push for Change" initiative is travelling across the country to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

Joe Roberts is known as the Skid Row CEO.  When he talks about his passion for helping the homeless, he knows what they’re going through from a first-hand experience.  He lived on the streets of Vancouver addicted to drugs before, with the assistance of others including a police officer who saw the potential in him, turned his life around and eventually became the CEO of a multi-million dollar company.  Beginning in May, he’ll be taking that passion across Canada in the Push for Change.  He’ll be pushing a shopping cart across the country for 517 days as part of a national awareness and youth empowerment project to help end youth homelessness. 

You can find out more about the Push for Change and Joe Roberts at his
website http://www.skidrowceo.com/ 

There is also an excellent three minute video explaining the  Push for
Change athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWnW5bAouCw 

Please come out to support the event and hear more before Joe begins his cross Canadian tour.

Seeking Safety

This program is “present-focused” (without delving into the details of the past) to support

and teach safe coping skills to those dealing with trauma and/or addiction (alcohol, narcotics, gambling, sex).

Eight Thursdays starting on February 25th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Cost: $40 per person (subsidies available)

Information Session on Thursday, Feb. 18th

For those who want to know more about the group.

6:30 – 7:30 (no charge)

For more Information and to Register call 458-8211 or email info@familyenrichment.ca

Survivors of Suicide Attempts (SOSA)Group

"I learned in this group to not be afraid to ask for help"

"I feel safe here. There is a community here"

"Something that can help me deal with life"

"It's a miracle in my life"

February 23, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:30pm (8 weeks)

Cost: free, sponsored by the Fredericton Suicide Prevention Committee and donations from community members

To Register: Call 506-458-8211 or 1-888-829-6777 or email info@familyenrichment.ca


Women & Wellness

Women & Wellness is a unique charity event that supports the important work of the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick (CMHA of NB), backed by generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers. The money raised at the Fredericton event will help the CMHA of New Brunswick deliver programs that support people with mental illness and their caregivers as well as to educating the public on mental health issues.

Activities will include a cocktail reception, door prizes, 50/50, raffle draw, and a silent auction. The guest speakers for the evening are Naomi Mahoney and Mary Ellen Landry.

Reception starts at 6:30 pm and the event begins at 7:00 pm.

Please be advised that this is a woman-focused event.

When: Saturday, 20 February 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (AST) 

Where:  Fredericton Inn - 1315 Regent Street Fredericton, NB E3C 1A1 CA


United Way

Did you know that 1 in 4 people in our community, at some point in their lives, will use the services offered by the non-profits that are supported through United Way Central New Brunswick? Show your support for United Way, your community, and the less fortunate by Liking their Facebook page and/or sharing it with others. Together, we are possibility!     https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayCentralNewBrunswick/

Wonder Auto and Tire

Wonder Auto and Tire has been running their second annual Student Hunger Program with the Fredericton Community Kitchens Inc. since early September by applying over 300 environmentally friendly rust preventive applications. A sincere thank you goes out to Wonder Auto in cooperation with Gap Auto for making this wonderful donation possible for our School Hunger Program.


Pictured left to right: Bruce Gourley, Stephen Hartley, Stephanie Cleghorn, Randy Seymour, Terry Christi, Jennifer Hanson