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Groups get OK from city to use grants for different programs

Royal City Farmers Market and the Seniors Services Society have received the city's blessing to reallocate their 2012 city grants.

Royal City Farmers Market and the Seniors Services Society have received the city's blessing to reallocate their 2012 city grants.

The farmers' market received a $10,000 city grant that was to be used for a nutritional coupon program in New Westminster. The province is administering a similar program, so the farmers' market sought the city's approval to use the funds for an after-school Food School program at John Robson Elementary School that will focus on communicating the benefits of eating healthy, fresh, local food where available.

The Seniors Services Society had planned to use its $4,000 community grant to develop and launch a program that would have allowed it to recruit and train senior volunteers. Instead, it wants to use the money to produce a pocketsize community resource cards for seniors.

"Their rationale for the redirection of funds would be to produce a quick, easy and reliable source of information specifically for New Westminster seniors and their family caregivers," said a report to council.

tmcmanus@royalcityrecord.com

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