Community Kitchen Program of Calgary - Good Food Box
Good Food Box
The Good Food Box Mission
The Good Food Box makes top-quality, fresh food available in a way that does not stigmatize people, fosters community development and promotes healthy eating.
What is the Good Food Box?
The Good Food Box (GFB) is a program under the Community Kitchen Program of Calgary whereby you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at a very low cost. The Good Food Box is a hands-up program as opposed to hands-out. We offer all Calgariansí 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.
PLEASE NOTE: These weights are just an approximate. Weights will vary depending on produce size and density.
How The Good Food Box Works
The boxes are delivered once a month to various depots around the city. A depot could be any place where 5 or more boxes are ordered, examples of current depots are churches, community centers, senior centers, apartment complexes etc. When a member of the community wishes to order a GFB they are matched with the closest depot to them by calling into our office. They are then given the contact details of the depot and are responsible for contacting the depot, placing their order and payment as well as pick-up of the GFB on delivery date. Customers pay $20, $25, $30 for their box, depending on the version that they choose. Each box contains the same mixture of food, though the contents change with each delivery.
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 our warehouse. Our volunteers then divide up the produce into portions and put the Good Food Boxes together. The boxes contain the maximum produce possible in them for the price.
Starting a Good Food Box Depot
We rely on our dedicated depots and volunteers to run the program. Currently we are expanding our program and are looking to reach all areas of Calgary. A depot can be any place where 5 or more boxes are ordered from. To become a depot a one-page application form must be filled out and faxed or emailed into our office. The form can be obtained by phoning or emailing The Community Kitchen Program. A depot is responsible for collecting orders and payment from the community or clients they serve. The GFB is delivered once a month to the depots. An order form is sent into our office a week before the GFB arrives for the depot. There are schedules for different parts of the city for order and delivery dates.
How Much Work is involved in running a Depot?
A depot is responsible for collecting orders from community/clients, receiving payment for the boxes from those who ordered and having some one on location to receive boxes on delivery date.
For more information please contact:
Trevor Friesen or call 403-538-3780.