For the past 17 years, SLO Foods has maintained an integral organic bulk food supply source and become part of the fabric of Gabriola Island with Eric Veale at the helm. In November 2022, Dinah D (local artist/musician/community builder) took the reins andis moving SLO Foods into the future!
In the very recent past with funds from SLO Foods, Eric was able to donate to various community fundraising events and the Food Security Initiative. As a board member of Gabriola Agricultural Co-Op , Eric had the opportunity to initiate and guide the BCAFM Nutrition Coupon program here on Gabriola. Slo Foods recognizes the importance of the Gabriola Agricultural Co-Operative as an economic driver for our community and in 2020-2022 Slo-foods.com pledged funds to Gabriola Agricultural Co-Op specifically to support the nutrition coupon program of the BC Association of Farmers Markets.
The collaboration between SLO Foods, BCAFM, Gabriola Agricultural Co-Op and PHC over 2020-2022 placed over $25,000 into the pockets of low income families and seniors in our community which directly financially benefited our local food producers. SLO Foods believes each dollar spent locally circulates six to seven times within the community and our goal is to empower several pieces of of the Food Security puzzle, demonstrate aspects of the circular economy and encourage the participation of the broader community who share the same values.
As SloFoods moves forward into 2023, Dinah D will keep these goals in mind (and heart) and work towards fostering the same merger or a similar program as soon as funds are available. Keeping these dollars circulating in our community is top of mind, but if you have ideas moving forward or a community project to support, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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