Good Food Box

What is the Good Food Box?

The Good Food Box (GFB) is a program under the Community Kitchen Program of Calgary where you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables 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 and delivered by dedicated volunteers who along with the Community Kitchen 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 from wholesale clubs. The food is bought in bulk and dropped off at their Calgary warehouse. Volunteers divide the produce into portions and put the "Good Food Boxes" together. Boxes contain the maximum produce possible in them for the price. Each monthly box contains the same mixture of staple produce, though some of the contents will change seasonally.

June Good Food Box Contents

Good Food Box Summer2018

We are still finalizing Volunteers, pick-up depots/locations and times but will confirm those when the September 25 Good Food Box orders go on sale, approximately August 26, 2019.

Customised contents for a box is NOT possible.

Bow Valley Good Food Box Program

This pilot project allows residents of the Bow Valley to get 20-25 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables for $25 + $5 shipping.  A limited number of Good Food Boxes (GFB) will be delivered to Exshaw Community Centre for MD Bighorn and Kananaskis residents on Wednesday, generally once a month September through June. Payment is required at time of order placement and the boxes must be picked up on the delivery date between approximately 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Any boxes not picked up will be donated to a local food security program. 

This program would not be possible without the generous support and assistance of community volunteers who help to distribute the boxes to MD Hamlets and Kananaskis from the Exshaw Community Centre depot.  Volunteers are also at the Exshaw Community Hall and Kananaskis depots during pick-up hours on GFB pick-up dates. 

Please call Community Services if you need more information or to Volunteer 403-673-3611, ext 223. 

Placing a Good Food Box order

MD Bighorn and Kananaskis boxes must be ordered and prepaid by the deadlines in the table below for the applicable delivery dates. 

Ordering Options:
1. Order and pay online with Eventbrite (a link here will work when box orders are for sale), or
2. Bring a completed Good Food Box Order Form and pay in person (cash, credit or debit) at the
    MD office during regular office hours.

During the pilot project period you will need to:
- Indicate your household income level so that we can apply a $5 shipping subsidy to lower income
   orders.  Income thresholds for shipping subsidy are: 
    Single Individual under $31,200 or Family/Couple under $62,400
- Complete short start and end surveys to help us evaluate the program for long-term continuation. 

Order & Pay DeadlinesPick-up DatesPick-up Location(s)Pick-up Hours
Monday at 9 amWednesday

September 16September 25

Thursday - KC?
Future?
Exshaw Community Centre Kitchen - use north alley door
Kananaskis location?
other Hamlet locations?
5 pm to 7 pm

?:00 to ?0:00
TBA
October 21October 30as aboveas above
November 25December 4as aboveas above
January 13/2020January 21as aboveas above
February 24March 4as aboveas above
March 16March 25as aboveas above
April 20April 29as aboveas above
May 18May 27as aboveas above
June 8June 17as aboveas above
No Orders or Deliveriesin July / August 

Any boxes not picked up will be donated to a local food security program. 

This Bow Valley wide affordable produce program is brought you in partnership with:
Towns of Banff and Canmore, MD of Bighorn, Primary Care Network, Improvement District 9, Bow Valley Food Alliance with generous support of the pilot project by Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign.