Created to enhance food security, initiatives like the Good Food Box are vital to today’s societal landscape. Dynamic, sustainable and affordable food options make a major contribution to improving the social determinants of health as revenues are reinvested to advance a social, economic and/or environmental mission.
The GFB brings a variety of affordable, nutritious fruits and vegetables to some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, while making healthy eating more accessible to all Ottawa residents; empowering the community to make healthier and nutritious choices by providing education tools and resources. The GFB can offer information sessions or cooking workshops. An example: workshops for school-aged children and their parents would aim to teach participants how to make nutritious snacks using produce from the food boxes.
Anyone can purchase a box. We believe that everyone has the right to food which is fresh, healthy and affordable. The Good Food Box has built strong relationships with local family-run farms and wholesalers. We source quality food that is in season and that is grown as close to home as possible, while also providing a varied content that includes customer favourites like oranges and bananas. Our customers have been supporting our local growers and local economy for over 20 years.
The boxes are packed by volunteers, and then delivered to volunteer run sites in the third week of the month, where customers pick up. We have 130 dedicated volunteers who make the Good Food Box happen each month.