Alyssa Blais, executive director of the Agape Centre.
CORNWALL, Ontario – The Agape Centre in Cornwall has received a grant to purchase and maintain fruit trees as a way to augment supplies for the needy in the Seaway City.
Tree Canada is offering up $4,000 for the project.
“I am very excited to receive a grant as we believe at Agapè that food is the foundation and eating well is the first step (in a healthy lifestyle)," said executive director Alyssa Blais. "We want to get more fresh, local and organically-grown produce onto the tables of individuals and families living on low incomes. The trees will bear fruit in less than three years and will supplement our offerings."
Tree Canada is upported by Loblaw, Silk, and Telus and provides grants to municipalities, schools, and community gardens to purchase, plant, and maintain fruit and nut trees.
“Fruit and nut trees do more than just clean the air and beautify our neighbourhoods,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada president. “The trees planted will become valuable sources of healthy food for these communities.”
Over the years, the Agapè Centre has experienced an increase demand for services and has been forced to come up with renewable ways to keep its shelves stocked.