Good Food Box Progam
The Good Food Box Program is very similar to the Fresh Food Basket Program in my community. However, the Good Food Box Program encompasses more than just one region or community. These type of community endeavors are like bulk buying clubs which specialize in finding YOU the best deals on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Anyone can participate in these programs. They are not exclusive to any one group or organization. So, although, if you are on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability, it would be to your financial and health benefit to participate, these are not the only participants. No, in fact, the bulk of participants is the middle class, low income workers and anyone else looking to spend less money in the grocery store. So, if you want to save money on your fresh fruit and vegetables, you can join too!
You can participate on a month to month basis. There are no annual membership fees or the such. For any month that you desire to purchase a Good Food Box, you pay for the food at the beginning of that month. About 12 days or so later (ordering and delivery dates will vary community to community) you will pick up your Good Food Box.
What Are The Benefits?
Three main benefits to you and your family include:
- Saving Money: You are getting a good deal for your grocery dollars. Getting these fruits and vegetables at whole sale prices as opposed to regular retail prices.
- Health and Wellness: As well, it is a commonly known fact that increasing the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in your family’s diet helps to improve overall health and wellness.
- Recipes and More: A monthly newsletter including recipes to spark your cooking creativity with these fruits and vegetables.
How Is This Possible?
Volunteers. It takes a team of dedicated volunteers on a monthly basis to put this program into action. Volunteers are needed not just to pick up the orders and money, but also to sort and package the Good Food Boxes for you to pick up. So, this program is possible because of people just like you. People who care about their community, health, and helping others to save money. If this interests you too, check with your local Good Food Box Program to see if you can volunteer too.
Depending on how many orders are placed each month also determines the bulk buying power. So the more people participating, the better the buying power. So, tell your family and friends! If you are able, you could be a mini-volunteer by gathering monthly orders and money from them. Then on pick-up day, you can pick up everyone’s boxes in your mini-group where they can then pick up from you, or you might be able to deliver. This could be especially beneficial to someone you know who has mobility or health issues that would restrict them from normally participating. Help them out by getting good food to their homes.
The costs are very reasonable, and also may vary slightly from region to region. However, in the Simcoe County Good Food Box Program, they have 2 options available for you to choose from.
- A small box is currently $10
- The larger box is $15
What Is In A Good Food Box?
Every Good Food Box monthly contains the following 3 items, items that form the consistency for you and your family:
- and onions
From that point on, based on the bulk buying power of the orders received that month, as well as what is seasonally available, the rest of the contents of your Good Food Box, may contain:
- green peppers
- or other items
How Can I Find Out If It Is In My Region?
Quite simply, Google is a wonderful thing. I googled the Good Food Box program and discovered that is widely available throughout Ontario. Northern regions too. I even caught a glimpse of it being as far south as the Niagara region. So, go ahead and google it, but I will list for you some more local contact information here:
Barrie Good Food Box Program
c/o Barrie Community Health Centre
56 Bayfield Street
Barrie ON L4M 3A5
705-725-7697 Ex 265 (messages only)
Orillia & Area Good Food Box Program
c/o St. Vincent de Paul
115 West Street North
Orillia ON L3V 5C4
705-326-2849 Ex 32 (St. Vincent de Paul)
705-325-3883 (Information Orillia)
Georgian Good Food Box Program
Ivan Collins, Program Coordinator
Georgian Good Food Box Program
275 First Street, Unit 9
Collingwood ON L9Y 4E8
705-444-0040 Ex 224
North Simcoe Good Food Box Program
Michelle McIlravey, Program Coordinator
Community Link North Simcoe
67 Fourth Street
Midland ON L4R 3S9
CONTACT’S Good Food Box Program
46 Wellington Street West, Unit 1
Alliston ON L9R 2B8
So What Are Those Payment And Delivery Dates?
Well, if you are interested in participating in this very excellent food program—exact information about Payment and Delivery dates can be found by directly contacting the organizers of the Good Food Box Program in your region. However, I was able to get a copy of the 2017 schedule for the Orillia & Area Good Food Box program. It is listed here below:
Generally, payments are always due by the 7th of each month
and your Good Food Box can be picked up on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at: Guardian Angels Church Basement 10 am to noon
You can reach the Orillia & Area Good Food Box through Information Orillia at 705-326-7743 or find them on Facebook.
If you like to save money on your grocery bill every month, you should check out the local Good Food Box program in your region. With it being on a month-to-month ordering basis, you aren’t committed over the long haul. So, why not give it a try this month? Check it out and see if this bulk buying program will help you and your family not only save money, but increase the amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables in your home.
So What Are You Waiting For?