FoodShare continues its good food movement with a regular biweekly stop at Stonegate Community Health Centre (CHC) in the Park Lawn-Berry roads area of south Etobicoke.
Foodshare delivers its Good Food Boxes of seasonal fruits and vegetables ordered biweekly by area residents:
* a box of conventional vegetables and fruits is $18 (large) to last a family of five for a week or $13 (small) to last a single person or couple for a week;
* organic vegetable and fruit boxes are $34 (large) and $24 (small);
* a wellness box of pre-cut fruits and vegetables is $13;
* a fruit box is $13
“The comments we always get are, ‘it’s very fresh,’” said Julia Graham, Stonegate CHC food access program co-ordinator. “We participate because it’s affordable. It acts as another resource in the community. It’s a lot of food for the money it costs.”
Stonegate CHC receives a free box for every 10 boxes ordered, which it donates to a client or local family in need, Graham said.
Last year’s Good Food Box holiday drive enabled the centre to purchase 280 Good Food Boxes for centre clients, as well as food bank clients in need.
Customers may order boxes by filling out a Good Food Box form at Stonegate Community Health Centre, 150 Berry Rd. or by calling 416-231-7070. Cash only. Bring your own bags. Boxes must be picked up at the centre.
FoodShare’s Good Food Programs connect families and communities with affordable, fresh, culturally appropriate vegetables and fruit, builds communities, increases the consumption of healthy produce and improves the income of small family farms, FoodShare said on its website.