FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 15, 2018
K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Last night, Ecology Action Centre’s Senior Coordinator, Community Food, was one of three community champions recognized with the Harold Crowell Social Innovation Award. Aimee Gasparetto (EAC), John Hartling (Stone Hearth Bakery) and Dacia MacDonald (Keshen Goodman branch, Halifax Public Libraries) were recognized for their innovative work with the Mobile Food Market.
The Harold Crowell Social Innovation Awards are hosted by the Halifax Assistance Fund (HAF), in partnership with United Way Halifax and Volta. They recognize local innovators who have taken on the challenge of poverty, and who work to change lives in our community every day.
Marcus James from 902ManUp and Tara Kinch from ECHO: Diagnosing Poverty were also recognized as finalists last night. The three projects will share in a $10,000 award to further their work.
Since launching two years ago, the Mobile Food Market has expanded to 12 locations in 7 communities. The project aims to increase access to affordable, high quality, fresh fruit and veggies in communities with limited access to healthy food.
Gaspatto says one of her favourite parts about working on the Mobile Food Market is that it is constantly evolving. She believes that partnerships have been key to the Mobile Food Market’s success.
“The result has been so much richer than just addressing food access. The support and engagement of the community keeps us wanting to be involved,” Gaspatto says.
For more information, please contact:
Senior Coordinator, Community Food, EAC