Good Food Box
What is the Bow Valley Good Food Box?
The Bow Valley Good Food Box (GFB) is a program organised by Bow Valley Food Alliance utilizing staff and volunteers from Town of Banff, Canmore Primary Care Network, ID 9 and MD of Bighorn through the local Farm Box/Organics Box business so you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables (produce) at wholesale 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.
Boxes are put together by the super professional Organics Box staff (who are utilizing all the latest recommended safe food handling processes) and delivered at our pick-up depots by dedicated volunteers who along with the Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign and Canmore Rotary 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 wholesale suppliers. The food is bought in bulk and delivered to the Edmonton warehouse. Staff divide the produce into portions and put the Good Food Boxes together. Boxes contain the maximum fresh fruits and vegetables possible in them for the price. Each monthly box contains a similar mixture of staple produce, though some of the contents will change seasonally.
July 13 boxes are on sale now through 9 am Monday, July 6 at https://bowvalleygoodfoodbox.com/
Customised contents for a box is NOT possible.
This program allows all residents of the Bow Valley to get 20-25 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables for $30. Good Food Boxes (GFB) will be delivered to Exshaw for folks who live, work or go to school in MD Bighorn and Kananaskis on Monday, once a month. If we get enough GFB orders (5 or more) for particular MD Hamlets or areas, we can arrange a pick-up spot there with some volunteers in that area. Payment is required at time of order placement and the boxes must be picked up on the depot’s date and time. We do NOT order extra boxes, so plan ahead and order by the deadline. Any boxes not picked up will be donated to a local food security program.
Thanks to the generous support of Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign and Canmore Rotary a reduced price of $25 per box is available to area residents who:
- have an annual income below Single Individual $33,045 or Family/Couple $66,090, or
- have been recently impacted financially by the COVID-99 Pandemic containment measures, or
- are volunteers with the GFB program.
- if you need a more affordable option during COVID-19 contact Community Services early to see if a Pay What You Can box is available.
All orders are placed online and you specify your pick up location as one of the following "cities": Banff, Lake Louise, Exshaw, Stoney Nakoda Nation or Kananaskis. There are no credit card or processing fees with this local supplier.
Order Online with credit card by 9am on Monday, July 6 via https://bowvalleygoodfoodbox.com/
If you do not have a credit card to order online, need a more affordable option or want to apply your MD Fitness Class Credits please contact Community Services via phone or email by Monday, June 29 to make arrangements for payment or class credits use at the office and we can place your online order for you.
All Bow Valley Good Food Boxes must be ordered and prepaid by this deadline. If we get enough GFB orders (5 or more) for particular MD Hamlets or areas, we can arrange a pick up spot there with some volunteers in that area.
We will email you a link to a confidential online survey after you receive your Good Food Box to collect the data our funders need and ask you to:
- Indicate your household annual income level
- indicate if you were recently impacted financially by the COVID-19 Pandemic containment measures
- Indicate if you are a volunteer with the GFB program
- answer a few questions about your household members ages
|Order & Pay Deadline||Pick-up Dates||Pick-up Depot Locations||Pick-up Hours|
|9 am, Monday|
in Kananaskis Village Centre
5 pm - 7 pm
10 am to 5 pm
|July 6||July 13/14||as above||as above|
|August 10||August 17/18||as above||as above|
|further dates To Be Announced|
This Bow Valley wide affordable fruit and vegetable program is brought you in partnership with:
Town of Banff, MD of Bighorn, Primary Care Network, Improvement District 9, Bow Valley Food Alliance, Stoney Health Services with generous support of Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign, Canmore Rotary, Farm Box, Exshaw Community Association and Kananaskis Outfitters.
This program would not be possible without the generous support and assistance of community volunteers who help to distribute the boxes to MD Hamlets, Kananaskis and Stoney Nakoda Nation from the Exshaw Community Centre depot. Volunteers will be at Exshaw Community Hall Kitchen during pick-up hours on GFB days.