GoodFoodBox1.jpgThe Good Food Box is a non-profit fresh fruit and vegetable distribution program.  It helps make healthy fresh food affordable and accessible to everyone.  For only $15 you receive a box of fresh quality produce worth $25 or more. We buy food at wholesale prices, with a preference for purchasing from Hamilton and Ontario farmers when we can.

The Hamilton Good Food Box Network delivers directly to various locations all over Hamilton. We understand that with busy schedules convenience is key so we’ve set up hubs across the city. Pick ups take place the third and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Order at least one week before your pick-up day to avoid disappointment!  Whenever you are ready to order please contact and prepay for your box at the site where you want to pick it up, using our Google Map and site info (link below).

Every month our project now serves over 500 individuals and families!

  Find a Pick-up Site near you!

View our Google Map with our COMMUNITY PICKUP SITES with contact information, delivery days and pick-up times for each location.  Just click on the link above.


 

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR THREE SISTERS SALAD RECIPE from our appearance on Cable 14's "Hamilton Life"!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR CARROT AND RUTABAGS WITH HONEY AND LEMON GLAZE from the December 19th show
CLICK HERE to watch the cooking demonstration  on Cable 14's Hamilton Life (starting at 6:53)

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR CARROT SOUP from the January 23 show
CLICK HERE to watch the cooking demonstration on Cable 14's Hamilton Life (starting at 41:15) 

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR WINTER SLAW from the February 27 show
CLICK HERE to watch the cooking demonstration on Cable 14's Hamilton Life (starting at 37:08) 

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR FRENCH POTATO SALAD from the March 27 show
CLICK HERE to watch the cooking demonstration on Cable 14's Hamilton Life (starting at 24:40) 



Wow, I just came onto the Good Food Box program this January, and from my experience these past two months; I'm very impressed with the quality of the food and the value for price point, I especially enjoy trying the new items introduced each month.
-thnx!
Yolanda


Good Food Boxes and Local Food

Hamilton Eat Local has a history of working hard to promote the purchase and consumption of locally grown food. We recognize the multiple ways in which a more localized food system creates environmental benefits: reduced food miles and greenhouse gas emissions, support for local agriculture, and fresher, better tasting food for those who choose to "buy local". Research proves that when people have diets focused on fresh, healthy, local food there are health benefits, too. We have also recognized the importance of ensuring that a local food system is one that makes this food available to all.  Local food sometimes comes with a higher price tag, which is impossible to avoid within our current food system. This is where the Good Food Box can make a difference.

Read about volunteering opportunities below.

What's in a box?

Boxes contain a large variety of fruits and vegetables that changes each month. Selections depend on what's in season and reasonably priced, making the produce as fresh and as affordable as possible.  Note: Good Food Boxes cannot be customized.

10 different items (starting in July 2013)

potatoes (we almost always have)
1-2 root vegetables
1-2 other vegetables
1-2 salad greens
bananas, plus 3-4 other fruit
1 less common item with tips on how to use it

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January 2013 contained:

Cabbage

Bag of carrots (2lb) 

Potatoes 

Sweet Potatoes

Washed Spinach

Cooking Onions

Organic Beets from ManoRun Farm

English cucumber

Golden Delicious Apples

Bananas

Oranges

 

The Good-2-Go Food Box -- AN EXCITING NEW OPTION!!       

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Some of you have been asking about a smaller, lighter, more basic and lower-priced Good Food Box... you'll be delighted to know that as of JANUARY 2013 you will be able to order our brand new "GOOD-2-GO" Food Box.

It's got everything you like about the original but less: it contains 6-8 items for $10.  In January the "Good-2-Go" Food Box contained: iceberg salad mix, english cucumber, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, apples, oranges and bananas!!

This is a great selection for folks who can't cook or don't like to cook or those who are just too busy -- but still want to include more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet.  It's a great introduction to better eating.

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IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT 

THE NEW PILOT PROGRAM FOR SINGLE PEOPLE IN RECEIPT OF ONTARIO WORKS (OW) BENEFITS 

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CASE MANAGER!

STAFF AT ENVIRONMENT HAMILTON ARE NOT ABLE TO ASSIST YOU

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 Hello,

 Just wanted to say thanks for all you do with organizing and creating the Good Food Box.  My family love it and I know a few   people I work with in the community take advantage as well.

 

 Thank you!!

 Michelle L.

 


 

Volunteering for The Good Food Box: "JOIN THE PACK!"   

The Good Food Box depends on volunteers in order to maintain affordability and sustainability. We  always offer refreshments and laughs while you contribute to building better communities through healthy food.  It's also a load of fun!

If your interested in becoming a member of our packing crew contact goodfoodbox@environmenthamilton.org for more information and to join the volunteer email list to get a monthly reminder.

Information for Site Coordinators

We want the Good Food Box Network to expand across the city so we’re always looking for more pick-up site coordinators. If you are interested in becoming a site coordinator look through the "Pick-up Site Coordinator INFORMATION PACKAGE" below. Also listed are some other resources you may find helpful in becoming a new Community Pick-up Site.  Click on the links below to obtain the documents.

 

The Hamilton Good Food Box Network was supported by the Government of Ontario in 2011-2013

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