Fruits and Veggies - Fresh Canned Frozen

Goodness in Many Ways Grants

Through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, the Goodness in Many Ways campaign provided grants to help support community-based projects and activities that contribute to the increased consumption of vegetables and fruit in communities throughout Nova Scotia. Out of 102 applications, seven community projects and five series of cooking skills workshops were granted. The total amount of funding provided was approximately $46,000. 

The granted community projects range from a community kitchen program with a low-income population, to a school snack program for First Nations children, to supporting the work of FEED Nova Scotia across the province to distribute more vegetables and fruit and provide recipe books to clients on how to use the vegetables and fruit they receive. The organizations that have received funding to support community projects include:

  • Union of NS Indians (5 schools in Cape Breton and one in the Pictou area)
  • Chebucto Family Centre (Spryfield)
  • Phoenix Youth Programs (Halifax)
  • Clean Nova Scotia (Dartmouth)
  • Kid’s First Association (New Glasgow)
  • FEED Nova Scotia (Province-wide)
  • Colchester Residential Services (Truro)

The Goodness in Many Ways cooking skills workshops are a piloted series of workshops which support increased capacity and skill building around preparing and consuming more vegetables and fruit. The workshop topics include in-season availability and preparation of fresh vegetables and fruit; using frozen vegetables and fruit and learning how to freeze your own; using canned vegetables and fruit and learning how to can your own; and meal planning with vegetables and fruit. The organizations that received funding to coordinate workshops include:

  • Antigonish Food Security Coalition/VOICES (Antigonish)
  • Maggie’s Place (Amherst/Cumberland County)
  • Junior League of Halifax/Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (Dartmouth)
  • East Hants Family Resource Centre/East Hants Adult Learning Association (Shubenacadie/Milford)
  • Nova Scotia Community College, Kingstec Campus (Kentville)

Results and learnings from the funded workshops and community grants will be available in June.

Quick Tip:

Start your day with a fruit. Include frozen berries in a smoothie or add them to cereal.