Food DEPOT Alimentaire Inc. Receives Funds for Facility Upgrades

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Investment will improve the Peter McKee Community Food Centre

January 19, 2017 – Moncton, N.B. – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, today announced an investment of $138,220 for upgrades to the Peter McKee Community Food Centre.

The work involves renovations and improvements to create a community kitchen in the Centre, which is being partly funded through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150). These upgrades will provide the Centre with the capacity to offer cooking classes that promote healthier options for their clients, to preserve perishable food items that will be donated to their clients via the food bank, and will provide kitchen access to other not-for-profit organizations and the community.

The Food DEPOT Alimentaire Inc. (FDA) is a registered non-profit charity that services more than 30 agencies including food banks, community soup kitchens, supportive organizations and school lunch/after-school programs in southeastern New Brunswick.  The group’s primary functions include food storage and distribution, fundraising, food collection and advocacy. The FDA’s 30,000-sq ft. warehouse located in Moncton processes over 2.5 million pounds of dry, fresh and frozen product annually.

The Peter McKee Community Food Centre provides food, along with a number of services, resources and education to assist individuals to attain more self-sufficient lives.

The CIP150 is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. These investments will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities and celebrate Canada’s rich heritage and history. CIP150 is administered by ACOA in the Atlantic region.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to working closely with municipalities and communities to support projects that contribute to the quality of life of the families who live there. We believe that investing in strategic projects to upgrade community and social infrastructure is key to helping create new opportunities and strengthen regional economies.”

–  Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Canadians have told us that our communities needed investments. Clearly, a strong not-for-profit sector that effectively responds to the social needs of a community is vital to a community’s health and long-term economic growth.”

–  Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe

 “The community kitchen is the fourth and final major component of our facility. Whereas previous fundraising efforts were directed towards the functioning of the food bank, thrift store and community garden, we would not have been able to proceed with the kitchen aspect if not for this funding support from ACOA.”

–  Dale Hicks, President, Food DEPOT Alimentaire Inc.

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Contacts 

Paul CJ LeBlancSenior Communications OfficerAtlantic Canada Opportunities Agency506-452-3310

Dale Hicks PresidentFood DEPOT Alimentaire Inc.506-383-4281

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