New program expected to improve local access to fresh produce

The Chaleur Community Inclusion Network is looking to change the eating habits of the Chaleur Region one fruit and vegetable at a time.

The new 'Eat Fresh Chaleur' program was launched in Bathurst on Friday.

Once a month, members of the program can order and pick up fresh produce at one of several distribution centres in communities across the region.

Network coordinator July Synnott says the program uses the buying power of the community to provide low-cost produce to members.

She says the program will source produce from local farmers whenever possible.

Synnott says the Chaleur Region is ranked third in New Brunswick for child poverty and believes the program could help to remedy that.

Similar programs are already running in several communities in the province.