A NEW community shed at Bucaan Community House in Chigwell will assist in increasing community access to affordable fresh food.
Bucaan Community House staff, volunteers and committee members were thrilled when Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer dropped in to announce State Government community infrastructure funding of more than $43,000 to build the new shed.
“The new community shed will increase local access to programs and training,” Ms Archer said.
“When complete, the focus of the new shed will be to provide added space and a shop-front for the food access program, which is already in high demand.”
The food access program currently allows local residents to access food packs, including vegetable boxes and meat packs.
The expanded program will give community members greater access to affordable and sustainable fresh produce.
“Bucaan Community House is very happy and extremely grateful to have been successful in gaining the funding to build the community shed,” Bucaan Community House manager Mary-anne Evans said.
“The new shed will benefit the whole community, especially those who may have limited access to quality, fresh produce.
“The produce will be sourced from our community garden, as well as local growers, donated items and purchased as required.
“We all know that access to fresh produce, along with physical activity, is the key to preventative health.”
In addition to food access, Ms Evans said the they would also be running other training and workshops that were relevant to the community, including TAFE, mentoring and employment courses.
Caption: From left, Buccaan Community House member and volunteer Jason Shearing, executive officer Mary-anne Evans, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and member and volunteer Reg Green.