Dartmouth North Community Food Centre wins $100,000 grant from Aviva Community Fund
Good Food Market & Café received more than 37,000 votes
They called it the ‘Little Market that Could’ and today Dartmouth North’s resident-led Good Food Market & Café earned its nickname – winning a $100,000 grant from the nation-wide Aviva Community Fund after just over a year in operation.
The Good Food Market and Café was one of the first programs launched by the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre when it opened just over 18 months ago. The market provides a weekly opportunity for residents to buy low-cost produce right in the neighbourhood. The café offers free healthy snacks during the Friday market, along with a drop-in opportunity for neighbours to connect and socialize.
“This is an incredible vote of confidence in the work taking place at the Community Food Centre,” says Deborah Dickey, manager of the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. “We are thrilled by the grant and honoured by all the support we received.”
“Residents told us before the food centre even opened how much they wanted a produce market,” says Roxanne Manning, Executive Director of the Dartmouth Family Centre, which operates the food centre as well. “They designed this program and they run it – it’s a wonderful success story.”
The grant will contribute to the ongoing costs of the Good Food Market and Café program. It will also make it possible to add some new program features requested by the community such as:
• More food demonstrations that show how to prepare and use a variety of vegetables
• Supporting volunteer Market and Café Leaders by offering more training and capacity-building opportunities
• Partnering with a well-known, local filmmaker on a documentary demonstrating the impact that the Good Food Market & Café is having on individuals and families in Dartmouth North
“We’re working hard to ensure the long-term success of this new venture in Dartmouth North and every partner and every contribution is so important in these early days,” says Gwen Romanes, Chair of the Board of Directors. “This is a huge help as we forge new relationships and connections.”