Government of Canada Invests in Twelve Baskets Food Bank Association
February 1, 2017 – Middleton, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, today announced an $11,197 contribution, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, to support the Twelve Baskets Food Bank Association as it upgrades and expands its building. MP Fraser made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Additional support for the project also includes $11,697 from the Association.
The Twelve Baskets Food Bank serves an average of 135 families and distributes about 4,500 kilograms of food each month. Run by more than 20 volunteers, the Food Bank gathers, packages and stores food products to distribute to clients in Middleton and the surrounding areas. In 2014 alone, it helped feed 1,495 families. In 2015, the Food Bank recognized the need to upgrade and expand its overcrowded building to provide a larger waiting area and an additional interview room.
The Government of Canada’s contribution supports construction costs including a concrete slab, building materials, labour, electrical, plumbing, crack filling and painting. Work is underway and, once complete, the renovated facility will ensure the Food Bank has the capacity to serve its growing clientele.
“The Government of Canada is committed to working closely with communities to support projects that contribute to the quality of life of the families who live there. We believe that investing in strategic infrastructure projects is key to helping create new opportunities and strengthening regional economies.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
“The dedication and tireless efforts of local volunteers are at the heart of making Annapolis County a sustainable community. Canada’s success depends on the wellbeing of its communities and the people who live and serve in them every day. Smart, targeted investments in community infrastructure support the vitality of our communities and, in turn, our country.”
– Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova
“Our mission is to be there to lend a helping hand to those in our community who cannot always help themselves.”
– Robert McFadden, Outgoing Chairperson and President, Twelve Baskets Food Bank Association
Alex Smith Director of Communications and Outreach Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Phone: 902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell) E-mail: [email protected]
Judy DoyleChairpersonTwelve Baskets Food Bank AssociationPhone: 902-584-3466E-mail: [email protected]
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. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships, while supporting the Government’s priorities to promote a clean-growth economy and ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples.