CONTACT: Meghan Carter
RESCUE MISSION SUPPORTS LOWER MAINLAND FOOD PROCESSORS
(North Vancouver, BC April 6, 2020): Good to Grow — a company that educates local food and
beverage processors — has created an online grocery platform for delivery or curbside pick-up
of locally processed products. Their goal? To save local food processors and commercial
commissary kitchens who have lost significant sales due to market channel slow-downs and
restaurant closures as a result of COVID-19.
BCLocalRoot.ca will start the first weekly delivery/curbside pickup on Saturday, April 11.
Good to Grow’s founder, Andrea Gray-Grant says the pandemic is the reason for the project.
“Hundreds of BC food and beverage processors have lost 60 to 70% of their sales in the past
three weeks. If these small-batch artisans lose their businesses, the risk is many of their products
will disappear forever.” In particular, Good to Grow has worked to educate food processors in
operations, marketing and finance so they can become thriving businesses.
Vancity Credit Union is happy to be funding the startup, according to Community Investment
Manager, Kira Gerwing, who says the project, “addresses immediate needs for small scale food
businesses in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. It also sets those businesses up to help shape our
economic recovery when we move into that phase.”
In addition to offering local BC food and beverage products direct to the consumer,
BCLocalRoot.ca will also allow customers to make donations that will provide groceries to
health care workers and others in need.
Good to Grow coaches, teaches and mentors new and emerging food and beverage processors
and hosts a yearly trade show, From the Ground Up.