The Ottawa Good Food Box is focused on addressing food insecurity in Ottawa by increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. We offer our customers different-sized boxes of fruits and vegetables to purchase. Pre-ordered boxes can be delivered to 16+ pick-up locations once or twice a month throughout the city of Ottawa.
The Ottawa Good Food Box wouldn’t be successful without our amazing volunteers! Our boxes are packed and delivered by volunteers while our pick-up locations are also run by volunteer site coordinators. We have also built strong relationships with local family-run farms and wholesalers over the past 23 years. This allows us to source quality produce that is in season and is grown as close to home as possible.
The Ottawa Good Food Box began operating out of Centretown Community Health Centre (CCHC) in 1996 as a poverty-reduction initiative by the Coalition of Community Health and Resources Centres.
In March 2019, CCHC announced a 9-month pilot partnership with the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre which houses the MarketMobile, another city-wide food security initiative. This partnership followed recommendations made from the final report of Ottawa Good Food Initiative Assessment (Nov. 2017). As of January 2020, the Ottawa Good Food Box fully operates out of the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre located in Ward 13.
Why do we do this?
We believe that food security initiatives like the Ottawa Good Food Box and the MarketMobile are vital to today’s societal landscape. Healthy eating should be both physically and financially accessible to all households. Everyone has the right to fresh, healthy and affordable food! We also believe that affordable and sustainable healthy food options play vital contributing roles to social determinants of health.