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The Mosaic Company announced Wednesday at the Regina & District Food Bank that they will be handing out 2.5 million dollars to non-profit groups across the province.

Of the 12 selected, four local organizations were named as recipients - including the Mosaic Food Farm in Wakamow Valley.

"Wakamow Valley manages [the Mosaic Food Farm] for the committee that's been set up," says Margaret Moran, Wakamow CEO. "We grow vegetables that are then distributed to the three food security agencies here in Moose Jaw."

Moran says the funding came at a great time, and that many people will see the benefits.

"The community food farm has been well received. It gives the Multicultural Council of Moose Jaw a chance for some of the newcomers to work in the garden. There's that learning component where they learn how to garden in their new home, and they're also able to give back to the community, which means a lot to them."

The food farm has received funding in the past, but this will offer a little more security.

"What was really wonderful about it is it actually secured the funding for three years, before it was just a year-by-year basis. It gives us a chance to make plans; we can also look at expanding the food farm so we are creating more produce that can go to families in need."

Hunger in Moose Jaw was another of the 4 local organizations selected by the Mosaic company. Executive Director Sharla Sept said she was overjoyed to be included.

"Really super exciting for us, because that means we can continue with our mission to support families and children facing food insecurity. It helps us continue our work."

According to Sept, the funding offers security that wasnt there before.

"We've stayed steady over the last couple years in our numbers, but this helps support - and to know that it's consistent funding we can count on. It's a great feeling - keeps us relaxed around here."

"Primarily this funding goes into the Child Nutrition Program, so that continues with the 300 lunches we're doing daily for the children of Moose Jaw. It helps support that - food, food prep, and materials for that program."

The two other local non-profits to receive funding are Riverside Mission and the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank.

This money will be distributed over the next three years, as Mosaic says they've made a commitment to aid in funding for food education initiatives and food security practices.

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