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September 2019 Recipient: the Good Food Box

Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre

100 People Who Care Campaign

We held the third 100 People Who Care TBay quarterly funding round-up of 2019 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  Linda Bruins from Evergreen, A United Neighbourhood, joined us to tell us how her group used last quarter’s funding over the course of the summer.  See the Facebook Live video in the TBay 100 Group, here! 

When the votes were counted we learned that the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre’s Good Food Box program, nominated by Karen Kerk from EcoSuperior/Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy, had won this quarter’s funding pool of $3,100.

We had the opportunity to see the Good Food Box group in action and get an understanding of the way it works when we presented them with the Big Cheque on Friday, October 25; their monthly Packing Day.  Here’s what we learned:

  • the Good Food Box supports low-income singles and families looking for affordable access to healthy food.  
  • many of the GFB subscribers are also regular users of Thunder Bay’s food banks.  The monthly box is full of fresh vegetables which are typically not available through food banks.
  • the contents of the boxes are sold at cost to the subscribers, purchased by the program through a local grocery store at wholesale prices much lower than grocery retail.
  • almost 100% of the 40-or-so volunteers we met on packing day are program subscribers.  
  • our donation supported overhead costs of this program, like space rental for the hall where they pack the boxes and the purchase of incidental items like the boxes (lidded Rubbermaid tubs) themselves.

Interested in learning more about the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre and the great work they do for the community?  Visit their website or join them on Facebook for more info.

Nominations for our next 100 People Who Care funding round will open on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.  Interested in participating?  Learn more about the campaign here.

The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre’s Good Food Box program was nominated for the September funding by Karen Kerk from EcoSuperior / the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy.

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