Banking on Food a Success Again


Last week’s third annual Banking on Food fundraiser, hosted by SKILLS (Shared Knowledge, Interactive Learning, Local Sustainability), was a great success.

The event brought in over $1,800 in ticket sales, which will go toward helping SKILLS take its next steps as an organization, and to supporting the Food Bank Farm and its 2020 operating season.

Banking on Food was also a great opportunity to learn about what is going on in our community (and beyond) when it comes to food security. For example, attendees learned that the Sault’s Food Bank Farm, led by Colin Templeton, is the first of its kind in Canada, dedicated to growing crops not for profit, but to support local food banks and soup kitchens, including the Soup Kitchen Community Centre and St. Vincent Place.

Templeton also shared at the event that his Farm has sparked a ripple effect, inspiring and assisting in the establishment of a similar operation in Lindsay, ON.

Part of Banking on Food has always been a silent auction, and with donations from organizations, businesses, and artists including Grocer 4 Good, Meaghan Kent Photography, Jude Ortiz, and Tania Taraniuk-Caputo, this year’s auction brought in just over $400 in support of Algoma Educational Gardening (AEG).

For more than seven years now, AEG has been working with local schools and day cares to build gardens, purchase and plant seeds, and teach children about the importance and benefits of growing your own food. This coming season, AEG will be working with at least twenty classrooms at five local schools. Whenever possible, part of AEG’s program includes a field trip with the students to the Food Bank Farm.

Elizabeth MacMillan, founder of AEG and director of SKILLS, said she is grateful to the community for the support the organizations receive.

“We thank everyone who was able to support or attend the event, as most of the work being done by these groups is done by volunteers,” said MacMillan. “The funding will help ensure that volunteers are able to continue to make such amazing progress for our community and beyond.”

Anyone interested in learning more about AEG or SKILLS, or donating to either organization, can find both groups on Facebook (@algomaeducationalgardening and @algomaskills) or get in touch with MacMillan at [email protected].