An eye-catching poster with this message is the result of a creative collaboration between two local artists

An eye-catching poster with this message is the result of a creative collaboration between two local artists

Nelson Food Cupboard grows local solutions

The Nelson Food Cupboard has partnered with local artists to recognize Hunger Awareness Week that is taking place this week.

The Nelson Food Cupboard has partnered with local artists to recognize Hunger Awareness Week that is taking place this week.

The slogan for the week-long campaign is “Lettuce Beet Hunger.” An eye-catching poster with this message is the result of a creative collaboration between two local artists, South Slocan potter Karel Peeters and Nelson photographer David R. Gluns. The poster serves as a reminder that the solutions to hunger can be home-grown.

“Hunger is a real issue in this community,” explains Nelson Food Cupboard coordinator Anna Kirkpatrick. “Each month about 1,000 customers come through our doors.”

The Nelson Food Cupboard operates a barrier-free food bank and works to address the root causes of food insecurity. Food cupboard customers are a diverse group and include families, children, seniors and people with disabilities.

A recent survey indicates that 99 per cent of the food cupboard’s customers reside in the Nelson area. Almost half have lived here for more than a decade.

“One way we supply healthy food is through our Harvest Rescue and Grow a Row programs,” said Kirkpatrick.

Each year locals donate thousands of dollars worth of excess garden produce and tree fruit.

There are many ways to contribute. Donations of food and money are always welcome. As you plan your garden, consider planting an extra row for the food cupboard. Vegetables such as green beans, carrots, potatoes and squash are always in high demand. The food cupboard welcomes volunteers to help with Harvest Rescue or other programs. Food donation boxes and donation jars will be available in various local businesses throughout Hunger Awareness Week. Watch for information tables at the Kootenay Co-op and at Nelson’s Garden Festival. For more information call 250-354-1633.