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McDonald Park Neighbourhood Association launches free community produce stand

Fresh vegetables and fruit are available to anybody needing a helping hand as food prices escalate with inflation
McDonald Park free community produce stand
If successful, the free produce stand model in McDonald Park is expected to be replicated in other community gardens in Kamloops.

The McDonald Park Neighbourhood Association has unveiled its new free community produce stand in the North Kamloops park’s community garden.

The first-of-its-kind pilot project is supported by the City of Kamloops and provides free fresh vegetables and fruit to seniors, families and individuals needing a helping hand as food prices escalate with inflation. 

McDonald Park Neighbourhood Association directors Sarah Johnstone and Barb Robinson were at the park on Friday (Aug. 5) for the launch.

This stand offers food for anyone to access regardless of income, living situation, status or background. Donations will come from neighbours contributing excess produce from their gardens or fridges and will be monitored by community volunteers on a weekly basis until the end of the growing/harvesting season.

If successful, the free produce stand model is expected to be replicated in other community gardens in Kamloops.

The community produce stand is part of McDonald Park’s community garden revitalization project, which has been boosted by help from Interior Community Services and Kamloops Art Party.

Over the past few months, the community garden has seen the installation of decorative fence boards painted with flowers, bees and butterflies by community members and Kamloops Art Party artists, bird nesting boxes from Wild Birds Unlimited, two accessible garden boxes and a compost bin mural from local muralist Kelly Wright, who also painted the produce stand to tie with the existing washroom and change room murals he completed in 2019.

McDonald Park is bordered by McDonald Avenue, King Street and Park Street.