Special to KT, by Good Food Box volunteers, David King and Janet Man-
As one of over 100 Good Food Box initiatives across Canada, Ottawa’s program was established in 1996 to help enable fresh produce to reach more people at affordable prices. The program’s principal sponsor is the Centretown Community Health Centre and is funded by the City of Ottawa.
“Through the strength of our volunteers, we’re proud singles, families, students, and seniors are eating healthier and saving money in over 35 communities we serve,” says Natasha Beaudin, one of two part time Good Food Box staff members.
“The Good Food Box has helped our family to eat healthier food,” says Jeanne Van Lankveld, who’s been buying Good Food Boxes for over a decade.
Working like a wholesale buying club (although no membership is required) customers can place an order online or through a site volunteer.
As a Savour Ottawa member, the Good Food Box sources produce from local farmers whenever possible. Customers can enjoy a selection that changes each month to reflect the season.
The Good Food Box is a community-based initiative, supported by over 100 volunteers, which helps to keep the boxes affordable, and fulfills another important Good Food Box goal of bringing people together to help one and other.
“We have a family of dedicated volunteer packers, site coordinators and steering committee members,” notes Bryana Katz, a part time Good Food Box staff member. “Some have generously donated their time for over a decade, and all share the goal of helping to provide fresh, healthy, affordable food for all.”
There are several Good Food Box sites that serve Ottawa West area, including Parkdale Food Centre, Wellington Towers, and Hampton Court.
For more information about the Good Food Box please visit ottawagoodfoodbox.ca or call 613-860-6767.