In 2017, Senior Services for South Sound and Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB) formed a partnership to revive the Dedicated Intergenerational Gardeners (DIG) project. The goal of DIG is to grow produce to be used in the Senior Nutrition Program at Senior Services for South Sound, and to be delivered to low-income seniors via no-cost CSA (Community Supports Agriculture) shares at the Olympia Senior Center.
Many factors contribute to an individual’s ability to access fresh, healthy food: physical mobility, proximity to a store that offers healthy choices, access to transportation, and monetary resources. This partnership reduces barriers for seniors to access fresh, in-season produce by providing fresh produce directly to them via the Senior Services Community Dining sites and Meals On Wheels. For those who are still able to prepare food at home the CSA shares will be delivered to them at the Olympia Senior Center along with recipes and simple-to-prepare meal ideas.
If you are interested in being part of the Dedicated Intergenerational Gardeners who help cultivate the GRuB gardens or package food for the senior CSA shares, please contact Jan Hawley, Volunteer Coordinator, at 360.586.6181, ext. 108 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up for one of the upcoming DIG days.
DIG Days at GRuB
GRuB is located at 2016 Elliott Ave NW, Olympia 98502. More information about GRuB can be found at www.goodgrub.org or by calling 360.753.5522.
South Sound Food System Network – It’s new!
Hoping to change the conversation about how food is relevant to our lives and well being, a new organization called South Sound Food System Nework has been formed. SSFSN is launching the “Sound Food: Local Food Culture Campaign, the goal of which is to Educate the populace around the importance of food – getting even more people engaged in the movement and feeling like they’re creating change. They hope to change the conversation about how local food is relevant to all our lives.To read more about SSFSN and the campaign, check out the The Thurston Talk article.