Farmers' market rolls out a healthy Toonie Tuesday
Keith Jorgensen is creating a new idea of Toonie Tuesday.
He is starting a project to provide healthy, local food to people on social assistance.
"There are a lot of families in the core neighbourhoods of Saskatoon who cannot afford to buy (healthy food). It is both an issue of access to healthy, safe food and it being priced outside of their budget," Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen, who is involved with the Saskatoon Farmers' Market, said that often farmers produce too much.
"They can have greater supply than they are able to sell and some of that produce gets wasted," he said.
Toonie Tuesday is trying to connect the dots between the farmers and people in need.
"We have hopes that we can provide increased access to healthy, affordable food to people who need it the most and ... prevent food that might otherwise spoil from not being used," Jorgensen said.
He said people on social assistance have so many expenses that eating healthy is sometimes left out.
"They are told to eat healthy, but if you are on assistance trying to pay your rent, eating fruits and vegetables and no simple starches is a real challenge," he said.
Eating healthy can prevent other medical issues such as diabetes, Jorgensen said.
"There is a growing epidemic of Type 2 diabetes ... especially in the communities that does not have a lot of economic means to address the causes of it," he said.
The program is just starting and Jorgensen said they are still trying to work out some problems, but he hopes it will be a stepping stone to healthier eating for everyone.
Toonie Tuesdays will be held every Tuesday at the Saskatoon Food Bank.