More doors have opened for Food Matters Chilliwack, after the province approved its certificate of incorporation earlier this month, allowing the local organization to operate as a co-op.
Under the Co-operative Association Act, the grassroots organization, which has a focus on food security awareness education and programs in Chilliwack, will now be called Food Matters Chilliwack Food Promotion Co-op.
"We've been able to do so much without a formal structure and with very little money, we can only imagine what we'll be able to do now that we can apply for funding and officially partner with other organizations," said Chelsea Cromarty, chair of the Food Matters Chilliwack Steering Committee, in a press release.
A share in the co-op is $10, which provides co-op membership, the power to vote and run for board of directors and other offers that are restricted to members only.
Food Matters Chilliwack started in 2010 as a University of the Fraser Valley social work practicum project in partnership with the local Fraser Health healthy living community specialist.
The project garnered community attention and support and has been operating ever since, facilitating local fruit and vegetable gleaning services and a Plant a Row, Grow a Row campaign that has local residents grow food for the Salvation Army food bank.
Over the years, the organization has shared tens of thousands of pounds of fresh produce to people in need in the community. The first general meeting is on Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sardis Library, located at 5819 Tyson Rd.
. For more information, visit foodmatterschilliwack.com.
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