SPRINGHILL – Good food is always a good idea, and here in Springhill a new program being offered by the Salvation Army is attracting prospective participants from throughout the county.
Wise Choices is the Salvation Army’s fresh vegetable program. For $15, applicants will receive a basket of fresh produce, including potatoes, carrots, onions, turnip and much more depending on what’s in season or available. The program is made possible by a Moncton based company and word is getting out this is a tremendous benefit for low-income families.
“The company in Moncton is called Apple A Day, and the get things as local as possible,” Community Minister Worker Linda Clark said. “The Friday before we get the prices and make our orders on Monday and receive everything Wednesday.”
Then it’s on to packing the baskets before being picked up by the participants.
Some of the local Salvation Army officers had heard about the program and travelled to Moncton to learn more. Over the course of 10 months, the local program was developed, but for another community or organization to get involved it could take much less time, Clarke said.
And, to date, at least two other organizations from Cumberland County are exploring how they can bring the program to their communities, Clark said.
Wise Choices will continue to be offered in September, October and November and then retire in December before beginning again in January.
Anyone interested in participating in the program can contact Clark by calling 902-597-3954 or by picking up a pamphlet at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop on Main Street, Springhill.
Household net income cut offs for applicants are as follows:
1 person, $19,960
2 persons, $27,945
3 persons, $33,935
4 persons, $39,920
5 persons, $45,900
6 persons, $51,900
7 or more, $57,890