Community Harvest Kingston (CHK), an initiative sponsored by Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC), is thrilled to announce a new pilot project called FoodWRx, a multi-faceted social enterprise project where youth experiencing barriers to employment will learn job transferable skills, make new connections in the community and directly contribute to local food security. Participants will make locally-sourced, pesticide/herbicide-free soup, which will be available for purchase. For every jar purchased at full price, a jar will be donated to an older adult in our community through KCHC’s Senior Food Box program.
FoodWRx soup will be available at the Kingston Public Market, and can also be pre-ordered through KCHC by calling 613.767.8591 X 2114.
Soup will also be offered at the Community Harvest Market (85 Maccauley St, Rideau Heights Community Centre) at affordable prices. The market is open to all every Tuesday afternoon, 2:30-4:30 p.m. until October 5 and also offers affordably priced local, fresh seasonal produce, baked goods and crafts.
Based on the highly successful Hope Blooms project in Halifax, N.S, FoodWRx participants will work as a team to develop a product from start to finish, while learning many new skills, receiving training and certification to help them succeed in numerous industries, building confidence in their abilities and actively participating in social justice.
“When Kathy approached No.9 to get involved with the FoodWRx project we jumped at the chance to help out! FoodWRx is an exciting social entrepreneurial idea that will give back so much to the Kingston community.”
Andrew Davies, Founder, No. 9 Gardens (https://www.no9.ca/no-9-gardens/)
CHK is incredibly grateful for financial support from the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area. “The Foundation is very excited to support the FoodWrx Project and its focus on food security and skills training for youth,” says Tina Bailey, Executive Director for the Community Foundation. “This social enterprise aligns well with the Foundation’s vision for a well-nourished and resilient community for all.”