Growcer is growing new opportunities for food deserts


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For some Canadians, finding fresh, affordable food is as easy as walking five minutes down the street to the nearest supermarket and scooping up a fresh head of broccoli. For others, especially those in regions known as “food deserts,” accessing quality food is challenging.

Alida Burke and Corey Ellis founded Growcer with this large problem in mind: increasing the quality of life for people in remote communities, who often have limited access to affordable, healthy food.

A photo of two people from Growcer.

“Food insecurity is the challenge of not being able to access affordable and healthy options for food,” explained Alida. “In Ottawa, we have many different food deserts where that is a huge challenge.”

A photo of Samantha Pope

By Samantha Pope
Communications Officer, United Way Ottawa




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