Members of the Armstrong Food Initiative Society are looking for fruit and vegetables to share with residents of the community.

Members of the Armstrong Food Initiative Society are looking for fruit and vegetables to share with residents of the community.

Society seeks surplus food

Armstrong is harvesting support for a program linking farmers with consumers in need.

Armstrong is harvesting support for a program linking farmers with consumers in need.

The Armstrong Food Initiative Society is starting up the produce sharing program again, starting Aug. 15.

The idea behind the initiative is to reduce local food waste by linking growers, who might have an abundance of fruit and vegetables, with consumers who don’t have access to fresh produce.

“People with extra produce bring it in and we give it to people who need it,” said Jill de la Salle, with AFIS, who appreciates having a place to offer up her excess squash.

“We’ve got zucchinis coming out of our ears.”

So whether its rapidly ripening cherries or more potatoes than you know what to do with, the program offers a place to put your produce to good use.

Every Monday between Aug. 15 and Oct. 10, anyone wanting to donate extra produce can drop it off at the community garden (behind the red caboose on Smith Drive) between 9 and 10 a.m.

Then those who don’t have access to fresh produce can pick it up between 10 a.m. and noon Mondays.

If this time frame is not convenient, call Jill at 250-546-8335 or Laurie at 250-546-9681.