The Regina Food Bank will turn a Quonset — located at its Winnipeg Street compound — into a year-round greenhouse providing food bank users with new access to fresh and nutritious, locally grown food.
The donation is provided by Co-op Community Spaces, a funding program supporting community-based recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects.
In 2016, it will provide 21 projects in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia with $1.5 million.
Once completed, the Regina Food Bank’s new greenhouse will have power, heat, light, water and ventilation.
The new facility will include raised planter beds and composting vertical garden towers.
The greenhouse will be cared for by the food bank’s partners, volunteers and clients.
Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has supported 37 projects in Western Canada with $2.5 million.
The program is administered by Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) on behalf of the more than 200 independent retail co-operatives that form the Co-operative Retailing System.