Good Food Box
Good Food, Ready for Pickup
The Good Food Box Program has been compared by a client as “Christmas on a monthly basis,” as you never know month-to-month what will be in your box, so it is like opening a gift. NorWest Community Health Centres is proud to be a host site of this program which is hosted at various sites in Thunder Bay and has been administered by the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre since 2005.
The box contains assorted fruits and vegetables that vary based upon the season. The contents often contain local produce when in season. The cost of the boxes is $15 for a single size box and $25 for a family size box. If you are thinking we would never eat all that fruit and vegetables before it goes bad, please note the box contains both items that need to be eaten soon and items remain good for a longer period of time. Boxes cost less than local grocery stores and another benefit is that the box is delivered to many neighbourhoods (see map) where fresh produce is not sold. You would pay for the box at the beginning of the month and receive your box toward the end of the month which can help stretch your budget.Every month we have a client and NorWest purchasing a box to give away, so be sure to complete a ballot in the waiting room next time you are onsite.
Food demonstrations with the Good Food Box were started with the fresh idea of a community volunteer who would obtain the box content list and then make low cost, simple, yet completely delicious recipes highlighting the goodness of the box. This was a great way to have people in the waiting room come and connect with other people sharing a cup of coffee, a healthy bite to eat, and a chance to hear more information about the box and programs at NorWest. Health Canada describes healthy eating as helping to build a healthy body and is important for maintaining a healthy body weight. Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods. Canada's Food Guide and other nutrition publications provide information that can help you make wise food choices. You can also use the Nutrition Facts table on food products to help you make informed food choices.
Please phone Community Nutrition Worker, Liisa at (807) 626-7854 to learn more.
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