Touchstone Celebration Spotlight: AICHO's food distribution |

Touchstone Celebration Spotlight: AICHO's food distribution

Updated: November 08, 2021 03:25 PM
Created: October 26, 2021 07:00 AM

Every other Wednesday, it's community distribution day at the Niiwin Market.

Hundreds of bags of nourishing and healthy selections are ready to go, for anyone who needs them. People just walk or drive up, and head home with plenty to eat.

"Tote bags have mostly dry food, shelf food," explained Dominic Bisogno, Food Systems Coordinator. "The paper bags have cereal, and hold our frozen foods, like meat."

Jina Butchart is a familiar face. She's been picking up food since the beginning.

"I think I missed two or three times. Initially I was stuck at home looking for food for three children," she shared. 

Now she's back to work, but is still picking up supplies for other households. "I like to help people."

AICHO put together this emergency food response during the pandemic. Daryl Olson, Director of Programming, said, "Every one of our staff takes turns coming up here and doing the distribution. It's so inspiring, and empowering, to see the community come together."

Volunteers from partner agencies also hand out bags to those who are unsheltered.

The organization plans to distribute food through June of 2022, which is when they have funding through. Then, they hope to open an indigenous market and coffee shop.

The next food distribution is Wednesday, at 2pm, outside the Niiwin Market. 102 E 4th Street.

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