Esquimalt Eats for Health is a municipal nutrition strategy and food security project with a mission to change the current food environment in the community. Limited quantities of apple, cherry and pear trees will be made available at no cost for Esquimalt residents through a fruit tree distribution initiative funded by the Union of BC Municipalities. Residents interested in a tree must submit an application. Application forms are available online at www.esquimalt.ca or at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre. Local not-for-profit agencies are also invited to submit applications.
Mayor Barbra Desjardins hopes that this initiative further develops the sense of community in the Township and increases access to nutritional foods such as fresh fruit for many residents. “It would be great if those with trees bearing extra fruit share with other residents.” Desjardins noted. Recipients of trees will be chosen on a first come, first served basis – providing all pre-requisites (on the application) are met. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, April 12.
Esquimalt Eats for Health is being coordinated by the Esquimalt Parks and Recreation Department. Other project initiatives include introducing healthier options through food services, free nutrition workshops and special events celebrating local, sustainable foods.
For more information on the project or to submit your “Fruit Tree Application” please click here.
EDIT: Due to the overwhelming response to this inititiative, applications are no longer being accepted. Thank you to all who submitted an application. Residents that will be receiving a tree, will be notified by Friday, April 17.
For more information please contact:
Christina Moog, Aquatic and Fitness Coordinator
Project Leader, Esquimalt Eats for Health