Although neighbourhoods throughout Metro Vancouver may have grocery or food stores, not all of them may offer produce that all residents can afford. And there are also some areas where there's a lack of grocery stores or farmers markets, or are difficult for elderly people or those with disabilities to access.
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank has identified some of these food deserts—or urban zones where access to fresh and affordable produce is limited, inconvenient, or non-existent—and is countering it with their Curbside Fresh Market.
The markets, which started on July 4 and will run all summer for as long as the seasonal weather permits, will sell locally grown produce, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and blueberries, with prices aiming to be below most retail amounts.
To ensure the continuation of the program, Whole Foods Market has donated $70,000 to expand the markets.
The markets have increased from five to six location this year and will be available at the following locations:
- Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton Street) on Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
- South Granville Seniors Centre (1420 West 12th Avenue) on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 East Broadway) on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
- Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce Street) on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
- City Heights (155 East 37th Avenue) on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 West 7th Avenue) on Fridays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
The program will also provide health-oriented, produce-based recipes throughout the summer on social media.