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Jane Fantie, co-director of the Vankleek Hill Food Bank, is seen here receiving seeds from Anne Smith, Adult Services Librarian of the Champlain Library. Clients of the food bank will have the opportunity to grow their own fresh produce this summer at the Grand Barn Community Gardens. Each year seeds are generously provided by the Vankleek Hill & District Horticultural Society to the Champlain Library as part of its annual Seed Library Program.

Vankleek Hill Food Bank receives seeds for Community Gardens

The Vankleek Hill Food Bank is all set to go with its community gardens project, with a donation of seeds provided by the Champlain Library.

Each year seeds are generously provided by the Vankleek Hill and District Horticultural Society to the Champlain Library as part of its annual Seed Library Program. Seeds from the program in 2020 have been provided by the library to the food banks’ community gardens program, as well as to library patrons.

Clients of the Vankleek Hill Food Bank have the opportunity to grow their own fresh produce this summer, thanks to an initiative with the Champlain Library and the Grand Barn Community Gardens east of the village. Plots are being provided at the Grand Barn for food bank clients, as well as a main plot for the organization itself.

The Vankleek Hill Food Bank has been exceptionally busy since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly tripling its client base over the past year.  Anyone looking to contact the Vankleek Hill Food Bank can do so via email at [email protected] , through the group’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/vhkfoodbank, or by calling 613-678-8119. Donations can also me made to the food bank through any of the above contacts.

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