One Canoe local and healthy food program

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One Canoe offers San Juan County residents increased opportunities to access fresh, local produce and engaging learning experiences. Program resources are aimed at improving individual, family and community health and wellbeing. To sign-up for our events newsletter, please send a request in the message box at the bottom of this page.
 

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During 2020, Island residents are invited to participate in upcoming educational food and nutrition workshops, farm tours, chef demos, gardening classes, and films that promote increased local food purchasing as a proactive health, economic, and lifestyle choice. All events are open to the public.
 
Households that qualify for free produce benefits may also enroll in Fresh Bucks, Senior Farmers Market Program, and/or Veggie Rx to receive cost saving discounts for produce and home garden plant purchases.
 

The ONE CANOE food program is bringing local and healthy produce purchasing power to San Juan County participants May – September 2020 on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez.

 
Pre-qualification and enrollment period is March-April 2020. Individuals and households on SNAP, WIC, Apple Health, Medicaid, Veterans and low-income, at-risk medical patients are eligible to participate in the coupon and at-register discount services.
 
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How it Works
 
Thanks to support from the USDA and management by the One Island 501c3 organization, ONE CANOE is bringing over $50,000 in fresh food access, culinary workshops, food garden supplies, chef demos,films and farm tours to limited income and health challenged individuals and households. Plus the public is welcome at the special educational events hosted or coordinated by One Canoe.
 
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Community Partners include Community Resource Centers on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez, County Department of Health, the WIC and SNAP ED programs, UW Medical Clinics, Orcas Food Co-op, San Juan Island Food Coop, Blossom Grocery and local farms and farmers’ markets.
 
Registered participants can pre-qualify to receive produce coupons or at-register discounts that can be used at the Orcas Food Coop, San Juan Food Coop, and Blossom Grocery retailers, at participating farmers’ markets, and through educational CSA produce subscription programs.
 
How to Enroll March – April 2020
 
The Community Resource Centers and County Health Department offices on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez Islands will be pre-qualifying and enrolling participants March-April. The free produce coupons or at-register discounts funded by One Canoe with USDA support will be available May – September, 2020.
 
Pre-qualification: USDA funding for this pilot project allows One Canoe to provide support to households on SNAP, WIC, Apple Health Care, Medicaid, Veterans, and high health risk, low income seniors and individuals. When a participant opts to enroll in the Veggie Rx ‘food as medicine’ component, approval from their local clinic enables them to receive a higher level of free produce coupons as part of a food and nutrition education and access program.

 

Local Farms are Good for Our Health!

 

Winter 2020 events: 
 
ONE CANOE is a speaker at the Orcas Food Co-op’s EQUITABLE and AFFORDABLE ACCESS  Community Conversation on January 19th, Odd Fellows Hall, Eastsound WA, 1-3pm. ONE CANOE is also participating in the Ag Summit for San Juan County, Feb 7-8 at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island.

 

Fall 2019 events:
 

ONE CANOE provided $590 in produce coupons for Savor the San Juans farm tours, Sept 21-22 on San Juan Island and Sept 28-29 on Orcas Island. Qualified participants received $30 in coupons for use at approved farms during these fun weekend tours. Getting to Know Your Farmer is an important social, economic, and nutrition connection!

 

For information, email onecanoesj@gmail.com

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