Grocery delivery and taxis for locals
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This article was published 12/02/2021 (840 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Everyone in a community needs support at times, whether with transportation, finding housing or buying groceries.
For people in the Elmwood area, the Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation is a useful source of information and assistance. The organization recently added two new programs, the BAG 2.0 free grocery delivery program for Elmwood and Taxi Tides for Chalmers residents, to initiatives already in place.
Long-term residents of Elmwood may already know about some of the programs the CNRC runs through its office at 180 Poplar Ave. BAG 2.0 is related to but separate from the Better Access to Groceries program that gives participants access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Run in collaboration with Tasse’s Balkan Foods, BAG 2.0 offers set packages of staple foods to participants that will be delivered free of charge.
To arrange for pickup of fresh produce with the BAG program, people can register with Jacquie Pontedeira. Charity Strange co-ordinates the new BAG 2.0 free delivery of staple items. Both co-oordinators can be contacted at 204-669-0750.
For executive director Leilani Esteban Villarba, it is important that the people working at the CNRC are “familiar with what the issues are on the ground.”
Food security is a problem in an area with only one mid-sized grocery store and several convenience stores nearby.
Affordable and accessible food is a major issue for many people in neighbourhoods such as Chalmers, but transportation is another. Whether they need to go for a doctor’s appointment, a job interview, or other trip, people who cannot afford vehicles often struggle to get where they need to go.
The Taxi Rides for Chalmers residents program helps meet that need. According to Liz Plett, in charge of the program, “taking down barriers is what we’re about.”
Through this program, qualifying Chalmers residents can receive taxi fare, up to $20 each way, for essential rides on weekdays.
Whenever a need comes up in the community, the people at the Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation are ready to find a way to help.
Susan Huebert is a community correspondent for Elmwood.
Elmwood community correspondent
Susan Huebert is a community correspondent for Elmwood