Good Food Box
What is the Bow Valley Good Food Box?
The Bow Valley Good Food Box (GFB) is a program organised by Bow Valley Food Alliance utilizing staff and volunteers from Town of Banff, Canmore Primary Care Network, ID 9 and MD of Bighorn through the local Farm Box/Organics Box business so you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables (produce) 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 by the super professional Organics Box staff (who are utilizing all the latest recommended safe food handling processes) and delivered at our pick-up depots by dedicated volunteers who along with the Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign 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 wholesale suppliers. The food is bought in bulk and delivered to the Canmore warehouse. Staff divide the produce into portions and put the Good Food Boxes together. Boxes contain the maximum fresh fruits and vegetables possible in them for the price. Each monthly box contains a similar mixture of staple produce, though some of the contents will change seasonally.
April 22 boxes are on sale now through April 15 at https://bowvalleygoodfoodbox.com/
Customised contents for a box is NOT possible.
This program allows all residents of the Bow Valley to get 20-25 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables for $30. 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, once a month. Payment is required at time of order placement and the boxes must be picked up on the depot’s date and time. We do NOT order extra boxes, so plan ahead and order by the deadline. Any boxes not picked up will be donated to a local food security program.
Thanks to the generous support of Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign a reduced price of $25 per box is available to area residents who:
- have an annual income below Single Individual $33,045 or Family/Couple $66,090, or
- have been recently impacted financially by the COVID-99 Pandemic containment measures, or
- are volunteers with the GFB program.
All orders are placed online and you specify your pick up location as one of the following "cities": Banff, Lake Louise, Exshaw or Kananaskis. Canmore orders are $2 more but include home delivery during the COVID-19 Pandemic because the PCN cannot host a pick-up depot right now.
Order Online with credit card by April 15 via https://bowvalleygoodfoodbox.com/
There are no credit card or processing fees with this local supplier.
All Bow Valley Good Food Boxes must be ordered and prepaid by this April 15 deadline. If we get enough GFB orders (5 or more) for particular MD Hamlets, we will try to arrange a depot with some volunteers in that Hamlet.
We will email you a link to a confidential online survey after you receive your Good Food Box to collect the data our funders need and ask you to:
- Indicate your household annual income level
- indicate if you were recently impacted financially by the COVID-99 Pandemic containment measures
- Indicate if you are a volunteer with the GFB program
- answer a few questions about your household members ages
|Order & Pay Deadlines||Pick-up Dates||Pick-up Depot Locations||Pick-up Hours|
|11:59 pm, April 15||April 22|
Exshaw Community Centre Kitchen north alley door
Kananaskis Outfitters store
in Kananaskis Village Centre
5 pm - 7 pm
10 am to 5 pm
|further dates To Be Announced|
This Bow Valley wide affordable fruit and vegetable 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 project by Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign, Farm Box, Exshaw Community Association and Kananaskis Outfitters.
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 be at Exshaw Community Hall Kitchen and Kananaskis Outfitters depots during pick-up hours on GFB days.