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Hope House celebrates $88K grant to help with food security

Ontario Trillium Foundation grant was used to build a water catchment at its North Field Food Farm project
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MPP Mike Schreiner, from left, community farmer Pam Harrison, Hope House programs director Gillian Cornell and Linda Zensner from Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Hope House received an $88,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that will be used to help grow food at its rural farm. 
Specifically, the grant was used to build a water catchment at the North Field Food Farm and give support to the Better Food Co. social enterprise that is working towards building a better food system in Guelph. 

"I would like to extend a sincere congratulations to Hope House for receiving the Resilient Communities Fund grant," said Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner. "Hope House does outstanding work in our community offering vital services and programs that help those in need."

In addition to the installation of the water catchment, Hope House was able to hire a part-time farm assistant to support increased food production at the farm and invest into staffing for the Better Food Co. And thanks to the $88,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, more local food will be coming from the farm to those who need it most. 

Hope House serves vulnerable people in Guelph – the unhoused and housed, the employed and the unemployed, those suffering a new, bewildering setback and those dealing with chronic, more complicated issues of poverty. No one in our community should have to choose between healthy food, a clean home, or necessary hygiene products.