We are pleased to announce the grand opening of the “nourish, our community hub”.
This dream has been brought to fruition over the past two years through a private and non-for-profit and public collaborative partnership. Each of the organizations brings a contribution to the new building in both resources and skill. The co-location will allow each of the partners to serve the community more effectively by working together and will see a reduction in operating costs through some shared expenses.
Once known as the Brandon Bakery, the building had become neglected and in such poor condition that reconstruction was necessary. Recognizing the importance of preserving the heritage and character of our town, we made every effort to retain as much of the original building as possible. We are proud that construction was completed using local contractors and labourers from Brock Township and the surrounding area. “Cannington Commons is committed to supporting our community and we are proud that construction was completed using contractors and labour from Brock Township and the surrounding area.” said Vice President Jennifer Hayter
The shared space will also incubate new community projects, build on each other strengths and create a collaborative space for community improvement. Julie Belli, owner of Carpe Diem states: “As a local farmer I know the importance of community resources that can support food processing. With a community commercial kitchen available, we now have the capacity to deliver even more local products. “
This will be the permanent headquarters for each of these agencies. The community hall and commercial kitchen will also be available for use of other organizations, groups and businesses. The building, including the kitchen, is completely accessible. Cannington Commons, the Nourish and Develop Foundation, North House Transitional Housing, the Brock Youth Centre and SERA (Social Enterprise Rural Alliance) Community Ventures Ltd
Our public partnerships with the Trillium Foundation, Homeless Prevention Strategy and South Lake have provided financial supports that have allowed the purchase of amenities for the commercial kitchen and some staffing to enhance and develop new programs. “The nourish community hub will enable us to do more for those struggling with housing insecurity in the communities of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge Townships. Our offices will be more professional, accessible and our catering and food related programming can finally be under one roof.” states Ann Watson, Coordinator for North House.
The Nourish and Develop Foundation will be the lead administrator of the new building while operating all of their other programs. The new facility will allow storage of fresh produce from our local farmers, for distribution through programs such as the Good Food Box and Food Pantry. As with their previous location the space will be available for the use by other groups and community members. “Our new facility allows us to expand our programming so we can provide additional valuable services to Brock and surrounding areas.” states David Slabodkin, President of the Nourish and Develop Foundation.
The Brock Youth Centre will be providing training at the new building from the second floor training room and the commercial kitchen. “This facility is a much needed boost for the Brock Youth Centre, which has not had a space for a number of years. It allows us to expand our program and impact on the youth of the community” stated Jordan Star
SERA (Social Enterprise Rural Alliance) Community Ventures Ltd. will continue to assist local entrepreneurs to develop businesses that are good for the community and environment. They will also hold business workshops and seminars at the building. Nourish reflects years of collaborative work and broad public involvement, it also demonstrate that working together – non-profits and corporate sponsors – can bring great things to our community – SERA CV Chair, Cesar Caneo
Be Part of the Solution
Reciprocity is central to our philosophy. We believe that if you want to see poverty alleviation and your community healthy, socially and economically then everyone needs to contribute. We all must be part of the solution to help people to help themselves. Participation is key!
Join us in one of our many programs
and be a champion in the fight against poverty!
- Food Pantry The food pantry could use your help! Unpack the food trucks, stock the shelves, prepare the emergency food boxes, all while doing something good for the community and socializing with peers. Do good and feel good!
- The Bountiful Basket The Bountiful Basket gives those in need the fresh produce for their all around health. Sort and pack some fruit and veggies and get out in the community!
- Garden to Table Come help us gather bounty from the garden and work together with kids and others to process this fresh food for them to take home for their dinner, freezer or cupboard.
- Healthy Harvest Community Lunch Love to cook? You can gain or teach some hands-on, in the kitchen skills while cooking up something nutritious and delicious.
- Maple Tree Community Garden Do you want to know more about gardening? Whether you have your own plot or can help take care of another’s, consider being a part of the community garden. Enjoy the summer weather by getting dirty for a great cause!
- Workshop programming. Facilitate or help set up a workshop!
Kudos to the Cannington Fire Department who continue to support us through donations of cash and food collections as well as helping with our stocking drive. Kudos to our local schools for holding drives, contributing to and being part of the Community Garden and always being open to bringing awareness and education around food insecurity and the many ways to alleviate it.
Kudos to our Volunteers and Community partners who continue to support our efforts.