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Thursday July 16th, 2015

Posted at 9:01pm

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Joy Purdy, Kaysandra Curtis, Michele Legere, and Debra Purdy (Handout photo/ Forgotten Harvest Canada)

For the past year and a half, ShopEco and Faerhaven have designated a soap product to sell each quarter with all proceeds going to Forgotten Harvest Canada. In addition, special contests and events were organized by ShopEco staff since January, 2015.

On Wednesday, ShopEco Owner Debra Purdy and Faerhaven owners Tim O’Brien and Joy Purdy presented a cheque for $717.50 to Forgotten Harvest Canada Food Rescue & Community Relations Manager Michele Legere and Board Member Kaysandra Curtis.

“We are happy to be a part of feeding our community,” said Joy Purdy. “Every little bit helps.”

Forgotten Harvest Canada collects surplus, prepared and perishable food from a variety of sources such as farmers, manufacturers, wholesale food distributors and grocery stores.

“To be a part of Forgotten Harvest Canada has been special for all of us at ShopEco,” said owner Debra Purdy. “To know that we are helping to divert food from landfills and to make fresh healthy food available to those in need means we are improving lives and creating change.”

“This has been a great example for us of how small businesses are capable of establishing unique community relationships,” noted Michele Legere. “We cross-promote one another while making an impact at the same time. We would love to increase these kinds of partnerships to enhance that impact for even more.”

Beginning in July, ShopEco and Faerhaven will donate the profits from the sale of Nitty Gritty Dirt Banned soap. This soap is especially designed for gardeners and is made right here in Essex County using as many local products as possible.

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