The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings & Prince Edward has purchased 1200 new blue bins from a local supplier for the Community Development Council of Quinte (CDC Quinte), to be used for the local Good Food Box program. The Good Food Box program is a bulk food buying program that offers fresh produce at a fraction of the retail price. The fresh produce is delivered to community depots throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings & Prince Edward bought the bins as part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Theme 3 Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit.
The Good Food Box program was looking for ways to support an increase in the program uptake. “These new bins will increase the capacity of the delivery truck by at least 30 percent because they allow for more efficient packing without compromising the integrity of the vegetables and fruit,” says Jim Mallabar, the local Good Food Box Coordinator. By increasing the capacity of the delivery truck, more good food boxes can be offered to community members without an increase to the program’s transportation costs. This will allow the program to continue to grow for the next few years.
Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit theme is all about increasing the daily servings of vegetables and fruit for children and their families. Only one in ten Canadian youth are meeting the five servings of vegetables and fruit they should be eating everyday. The Good Food Box program is a valuable community resource to have fresh produce available at affordable prices.
The local Good Food Box program is over 20 years old and continues to grow. The CDC Quinte estimates the program started packing and delivering about 75 boxes each month. As of 2017, they are averaging 1200 boxes every month. The program offers a $15 large good food box for three or more people, a $10 small good food box for one to two people and a $5 fruit bag. These are ordered and delivered once every month and available from sixteen depots throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. The CDC Quinte also offers Community Gardens, Community Kitchens and monthly Good Food Markets to help increase access to fresh produce throughout our communities.
For information about the Good Food Box or the other programs run by the CDC Quinte please visit www.cdcquinte.com. For more information about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, please visit www.healthykidsHPE.ca.
Jim Mallabar (right), Good Food Box Coordinator, and a long-time volunteer Norm Culley (left) pack the new Good Food Box bins for the monthly delivery.