Learning Centre’s PEC FRESH offers good food for community

Prince Edward Learning Centre (PELC) quietly works away in our community helping citizens in so many ways.  Established as the literacy agency for this community, PELC provides support for literacy, numeracy and essential skills for people 18+ to achieve goals related to further education and training, employment or independence.  They also support people to clarify and upgrade goals and develop a training plan to achieve them.

PELC also provides academic upgrading that helps people develop skills for entry into post-secondary education, apprenticeship training or employment. The agency has recently announced the opening of “PEC FRESH: A Good Food Market”.  This is a community-based market providing people with improved access to affordable, quality fruits and vegetables.   The market is located at the same location as the PELC offices.

Check it out at 97 Main Street, Unit 10 when the market operates every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30pm.  This market will provide year-round access to a great selection of fresh and seasonal produce.  The organizers will accomplish this by working with local producers and by sourcing cost-efficient wholesalers.

Despite the abundance of fresh local produce, the Vital Signs reports have highlighted food insecurity is still an issue for many.  Seniors, students, families of all sizes and anyone with limited income may still struggle with regular access to fresh produce for a variety of reasons.  The market is staffed by PELC students.  The goal of the market is to offer affordable produce and to be open to everyone.

This food market is one of 15 pilot Market Greens programs across Canada funded through Community Food Centre Canada (CFCC). Community Care will provide pick up and delivery services for any seniors 60+ who wish to participate in the new Good Food Market.  For more information on the market call PELC at 613-476-1811.  Seniors wishing to arrange pick up and delivery by Community Care call 613-476-7493.

Big Box of Cards Fundraiser Community Care has launched a new way to stay connected and is also its latest fundraising effort.  Purchase a unique box of 33 handcrafted cards that come in an attractive keepsake box and know that you’re helping seniors live at home.  Each box is over a $100 value and the charge is only $35/box.

Order a box of 33 birthday cards, or a box of 33 all occasion cards.  These make great gifts for seniors (or for anyone on your Christmas list) or buy for yourself to keep in touch with friends and family.  The Big Box of Cards can be purchased by going to the Community Care website at www.communitycareforseniors.org

For those who don’t have a computer, orders can be placed by calling Community Care at 613-476-7493.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes