Good Food Box
What is the Good Food Box?
The Good Food Box (GFB) is a program under the Community Kitchen Program of Calgary where you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at a very low cost. The Good Food Box is a hands-up program as opposed to a hand-out. This offers sustainable access to nutritious food to ensure that no one has to go hungry. The boxes are put together and delivered by dedicated volunteers who along with the Community Kitchen desire to see individuals and families accessing affordable nutritious food.
How Does the GFB Operate? The GFB operates by buying fresh top quality produce directly from farmers and from wholesale clubs. The food is bought in bulk and dropped off at their Calgary warehouse. Volunteers divide the produce into portions and put the "Good Food Boxes" together. Boxes contain the maximum produce possible in them for the price. Each monthly box contains the same mixture of staple produce, though some of the contents will change seasonally.
Bow Valley Good Food Box Program
This pilot project allows all residents of the Bow Valley to get 20-25 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables for $25 + $5 shipping. A limited number of Good Food Boxes (GFB) will be delivered to Exshaw for folks who live, work or go to school in MD Bighorn and Kananaskis on Wednesday, generally once a month September through June. Payment is required at time of order placement and the boxes must be picked up on the depot's date and time. Any boxes not picked up will be donated to a local food security program.
Orders for Exshaw and Kananaskis pickup see below...
This program would not be possible without the generous support and assistance of community volunteers who help to distribute the boxes to Exshaw School, MD Hamlets and Kananaskis from the Exshaw Community Centre depot. Volunteers will also be at Exshaw School and Community Hall Kitchen and Kananaskis Outfitters depots during pick-up hours on GFB pick-up dates.
Frequently Asked Questions at Bow Valley Good Food Box Facebook page. Please call Community Services if you still need more information or to volunteer 403-673-3611, ext 223.
Placing a Good Food Box order
MD Bighorn and Kananaskis area boxes must be ordered and prepaid by the deadlines in the table below for the applicable delivery dates.
If we get enough GFB orders for particular MD Hamlets, we will try to arrange a depot with some volunteers in that Hamlet for the future.
1. If this is your first Good Food box order please complete the short pre-survey to help us evaluate this pilot program for long-term continuation.
January Order Link
OR Bring/email a completed Good Food Box Order Form and pay via cash, credit or debit at the MD office during regular office hours.
During the pilot project period you will need to:
- Indicate your household income level so that we can apply a $5 shipping and Eventbrite fee subsidy to lower income orders. Annual Income thresholds for shipping and Eventbrite fees subsidy are:
Single Individual under $31,200 or Family/Couple under $62,400
- Complete a short pre-survey the first time you order and in late January an end-survey to help us evaluate the program for long-term continuation.
|Order & Pay Deadlines||Pick-up Dates||Pick-up Depot Locations||Pick-up Hours|
|Monday at 9 am||Wednesday|
|- Exshaw School office (only school staff and student families)|
- Exshaw Community Centre Kitchen use north alley door
- Kananaskis Outfitters store
in Kananaskis Village Centre
|2- 4 pm|
5 - 7 pm
10 am to 5 pm
|Next Order Dates:|
Dec 6 - January 13, 2020
|January 22/23||as above||as above|
|Pilot Program ends||January 31,2020|
|February 3||Feb 12/13||as above||as above|
|March 9||March 18/19||as above||as above|
|April 13||April 22/23||as above||as above|
|May 4||May 13/14||as above||as above|
|June 1||June 10/11||as above||as above|
|No Orders or Deliveries||July & August|
Any boxes not picked up will be donated to a local food security program.
This Bow Valley wide affordable produce program is brought you in partnership with:
Town of Banff, MD of Bighorn, Primary Care Network, Improvement District 9, Bow Valley Food Alliance with generous support of this pilot project by Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign, Exshaw Community Association, Kananaskis Outfitters and Exshaw School.