Happy 15th anniversary to LUSH!
LUSH Valley Food Action Society welcomes the Comox Valley to celebrate an important milestone with us: our fifteenth anniversary! In February of 2000, our founders, Alice Bullen, Jean DuGal, Kate Fairley, Kathy Keelan, and Dianne MacLean, turned a vision for sharing food, reducing poverty, and strengthening community into what is now a robust food security organization. We work with over 600 members and partners to continue to make their vision a reality. Our collective effort has resulted in many successes, including LUSH Valley being recognized by Community Food Centres Canada as a 'Good Food Organization': http://cfccanada.ca/good-food-organizations.
LUSH has accomplished a lot in fifteen years. Our core food access programs, including our Fruit Tree, Food Skills, Young Cooks, and Community Kitchen programs, are flourishing. Last year, LUSH gleaned over 20,000 lbs of fruit, vegetables and nuts, and provided nutrient-dense food and food-related training to hundreds of people in the Comox Valley. We recently acquired the Share the Harvest Community Garden, which was established in 2012 by Dawn to Dawn. In 2014, over 300 people were involved in the garden, and it has become a model fixture of how food security can be promoted from the remnant of an empty lot. We have secured funding to continue these activities, and look forward to exciting new opportunities on the horizon.
We are grateful for the support we have received from across the Comox Valley. Thank you for believing in LUSH Valley and working with us. We are fortunate to have passionate and generous partners in government, non-profit organizations, businesses, professional associations, and the community at large.
In the coming months we will share our plans for celebrating this milestone. Until then, LUSH will do what it does best: offer programs and support initiatives that make access to healthy and good foods a reality for all. Thank you again!
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