Women’s centre benefits from United Way

100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre Society was one of the five organizations that recently received United Way Community Fund grants

The 100 Mile House & District Women's Centre Society's Terri Lewis

The 100 Mile House & District Women's Centre Society's Terri Lewis

100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre Society was one of the five local organizations that recently received United Way Community Fund grants through the local Community Impact Council (CIC).

Women’s centre office co-ordinator Charlotte Stockford says the $2,500 grant will go towards providing 250 $10 gift certificates for fresh fruit and vegetables, and will benefit “an awful lot of women.”

By providing a store certificate, she explains the women’s centre will be able to provide produce to many women and children in the community.

“It’s really important to us. We are really passionate about it and are really trying to do our small bit to break that cycle, where the only food they get is the Kraft dinner they stick in the microwave.”

Stockford says $10 can cover a fair amount of fresh items, such as celery and onions, a few potatoes and carrots.

“To be able to have a few oranges and apples and bananas to put in a kid’s lunch, that’s an awesome thing.”

Cards with ideas for some “simple, tasty recipes” for seasonal vegetables will also be distributed, she adds, as not everyone knows how to prepare the available produce that is even more limited in the wintertime.

“Of that $2,500, we’ve committed to giving 100 per cent of it. We are going to contribute any of the administrative costs; we are not taking one cent from the funding.

“It’s a great program because we are committed to making sure we can get fresh produce into the hands of women who otherwise just can’t justify paying the dollars.”