ONE Insurance Group’s Berryland Garden Girls Team helps Selkirk Soup Kitchen

In the Spring of 2020, ONE Insurance Group heard about a contest SGI CANADA was hosting for brokers in Manitoba to help those in need through the pandemic. The contest was called Grow a Row and the idea was that individuals would grow a row of produce for a registered charity.

ONE Insurance Group quickly composed an interested team of gardeners, the Berryland Garden Girls, who were happy to grow and donate veggies to their community of Selkirk. Their gardens range in sizes and produce and locations. This allowed them a long growing season where produce was delivered and freshly picked, 2 times a week from June to October.

The charity the Berryland Garden Girls chose to donate their produce to was the Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Inc. in Selkirk Manitoba. The brokerage had donated money and the employees have donated their time to volunteer at the soup kitchen cooking breakfasts several times per year previously. With COVID, times changed and the Soup Kitchen had to operate differently. No one was able to be inside so the Soup Kitchen offered pick up coffee, lunches in a bag and soups in containers to their clients. Not only did the 40-volunteer staff prepare 1000’s of meals daily to clients, they also took on an additional 640/month of meals for the IEHRA essential workers in Selkirk. To give an idea of how this pandemic has hit the community of Selkirk the monthly meals served in Jan 2020 Feb 2020 and March 2020 were 1330-1414.

“We were blessed in SGI The Grow A Row contest to be the Grand Prize Winner and to have provided pounds and pounds of fresh produce from Denise’s Berryland Garden while the rest of the team provided as much as their gardens offered. We were able to win twice through the contest which provided Selkirk’s Soup Kitchen (Our Daily Bread) with $300.00 cash through our winnings!”

ONE Insurance - Soup Kitchen  ONE Insurance - Soup Kitchen

Modified from the IBAM & SGI CANADA 12 Days of Giving promotion.