At LUSH Valley, we love good food, and see it as a transformative way to connect, empower and inspire people. By supporting people to access, grow, process, prepare and eat good food, together we improve lives.

As 2017 draws to a close we have so much to be grateful for! This year, LUSH Valley touched the lives of roughly 7000 across the Comox Valley!

In 2017, youth from our Young Cooks program prepared (and ate!) 852 meals for themselves and their families. Our Hot Meal program served 600 meals to hungry kids at school, and our Of Course we Can!, ValleyDads Night Out and other healthy food programs engaged 1256 families and friends in the joy of good food.

This year our Fruit Tree Program served up 12,758 servings of fresh fruits and veggies to the community with 6650 of those going to people in immediate need. At our Share the Harvest Community garden, we had over 115 people garden and/or attend food growing workshops, and held our first successful GardenFest event, linking those interested in growing their own food to a day full of workshops on a range of gardening topics. We even held a yoga for gardeners class!

While we want to highlight our successes with you we also want to share the reality. Did you know that the child poverty rate in the Comox Valley is 20%? That is higher than the provincial average and means that 1 in 5 children in our community are vulnerable. Food security, access to affordable housing, and poverty are all intrinsically linked.

Our work at LUSH Valley is to alleviate food insecurity in the Comox Valley, build confidence and skills in our program participants, and to have fun while we do it.

This year we really need your help to achieve this. We do so much with so little. Please give generously if you can, and support our vision for a food secure Comox Valley that includes an abundant local food system at the heart of community well-being.

Thanks for all you do. Happy Holidays from the team at LUSH Valley.

Donations can be made through our Canada Helps site, or cheques can be written to LUSH Valley Food Action Society.

Maurita Prato

Executive Director, LUSH Valley Food Action Society