Fresh Food Box for Halton is a non-profit community-based initiative bringing neighbours together to buy a variety of delicious and nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices. It works like a large buying club with centralized buying and coordination. Our goal is to purchase food that is in season and is grown as close to home as possible.
Once a month customers place their orders with a specific distribution site closest to them. The Coordinators at that site will be in contact to go over the ordering process. There are two sizes of fresh food boxes available for purchase – a $10 small box or a $20 large box. Customers choose the box type depending on family size and preference. A delivery truck brings the boxes to the local distribution sites, twice a month on the first and third Tuesday. Site coordinators ensure that customers pick-up their boxes based on a schedule and window specific to each site. Customers will receive the contents in the box prior to pick up as well as, a speciality recipe in every box.
The Good Food Box or Fresh Food Box as it is called in Halton Region concept is based on a very successful program developed by Food Share Toronto’s Field to Table Program that started in 1994 with only 40 boxes. Field to Table now delivers approximately 4000 boxes per month in the Toronto Area. Many communities from coast to coast have developed their own version of the Good Food Box, responding to local needs and circumstances.
The Halton Fresh Food Box was developed in 2004 by a working group under the banner of the Halton Anti-Poverty Coalition. The working group consisted of members of the community and representation from the Halton Region Health Department, Halton Region Social Services Department, Halton Social Justice Coalition, Halton Multicultural Council, and St. Christopher’s Church in Burlington as a way of reaching out to those in the community who were not accessing adequate fresh fruits and vegetables.
After a short hiatus due to COVID-19 and other changes within the organization, long time partner Kerr Street Mission took over control of the program in June of 2021.
Provide those in Halton with fresh fruit and vegetables locally across Ontario.
Committed to providing support for those in Halton who are in need or at risk by improving access to healthy nutritious food consistently.
- To improve community health by increasing access to affordable fruits and vegetables
- To achieve sustainable funding within one year
- To provide a minimum of 50% locally grown produce
- To maintain and/or grow partnerships with the community to help support the goals of the Halton Fresh Food Box, including fund-raising
- To increase awareness of hunger and poverty throughout Halton Region
- To partner with charitable organizations to increase the number of boxes available to low income residents, New Canadians and seniors