The Good Food Program
ACT’s Good Food Program is an umbrella program for our Good Food Box (GFB) and Good Food Market (GFM) programs. These programs focus on helping members of our community increase access to fresh, healthy, and affordable produce.
In these programs, we work with local farmers and grocers to bring you seasonal and local foods that travel fewer food miles from field to table. Purchasing decisions for these programs are made based on quality, value, variety, source proximity and season.
About the Good Food Box Program
The Good Food Box program (GFB) is a monthly community based food distribution program designed to make good food more accessible! Through this program, we are able to offer boxes of wholesale priced produce to individuals in the community. Each Good Food Box contains a variety of veggies and fruits that change each month depending on what is available from our suppliers and includes a bilingual newsletter with nutritional information and recipes.
We offer 2 box sizes; large and small. Large boxes are $20 and Small boxes are $12, with an average saving of 20-30%. There are no restrictions on who can purchase a GFB. The Large box contains 8-10 items, and is ideal for 3-4 people. The Small box contains 5-8 items, and is ideal for 1-2 people. Home delivery of a Good Food Box is available for the small fee of $3.
Customers place their order by the first Thursday of each month by signing up at one of our host sites located throughout the city, or by placing an order through our online form. A host site is where orders are placed (if not placing online), and where boxes are picked-up. We have 9 private and public host sites located throughout the city; a host site might very well be closer to you than your nearest grocery store. Take a gander at all of our public host sites to see which one is closest to you!
Community Living – (Vic Mahoney Entrance) – 166 Brousseau Ave.
Covenant United Church – 230 Eighth Ave.
Employment Options – 330 Second Ave., Suite 104
Living Space – 316 Spruce St., S.
Misiway – 130 Wilson Ave.
Northern College (Advising/Accessibility Services Department in Room C106) – 4715 Highway 101 East
Timmins Native Friendship Centre – 179 Kirby Ave.
YMCA (Poplar location – YMCA clients only)
We now have gift certificates available for both Large and Small Box sizes.
We’re looking to expand our network of host sites to Schumacher as well as underserviced areas such as trailer parks. If you are interested in becoming a host site please get in touch with us!
About the Good Food Market Program
Once a week, the Good Food Market (GFM) makes fresh and affordable produce available to communities throughout Timmins; including Porcupine, South Porcupine, and Schumacher. The GFM is a year-round program that consists of a pop-up style mobile market centered around locations in Timmins identified as food deserts (areas of town where there is little to no immediate access to fresh and healthy foods).
The GFM areas have been chosen based on limited access to healthy food as well as community capacity and interest in supporting the market. The produce is selected based on residents’ preferences, quality of produce items, purchased in bulk, and sold at discounted costs!
These markets will run on a weekly rotational basis on Wednesdays from 12 – 2 p.m., with current locations of:
1st week of the month: Porcupine United Church
2nd week of the month: Timmins Native Friendship Centre
4th week of the month: Croatian Hall
Our markets are currently cash and E-transfer only.
Please note that market locations and dates are as follows for the month of December 2022 and January 2023:
December 7 from 12 – 2 p.m. at Timmins Native Friendship Centre
December 21 from 12 – 2 p.m. at Croatian Hall
January 11 from 12 – 2 p.m. at Timmins Native Friendship Centre
January 25 from 12 – 2 p.m. at Croatian Hall
We’re also looking for volunteer help setting up and taking down the markets, stocking items, helping patrons, and more! If this is something you’re interested in, we’d love to have you join us! Volunteers can register here. We look forward to seeing you there!
Market Greens – Greens Rx
What is the Greens Rx program?
The Market Greens Rx program was created to make it easier for people with diet-related health challenges to access fresh fruits and vegetables. People who are eligible and enrolled in the Greens Rx program will be supported for 15 weeks to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at Anti-Hunger Coalition Timmins’ Good Food Market (GFM). The exact amount will be based on the number of people in the person’s house and will be discussed during the registration step.
About the GFM
Anti-Hunger Coalition Timmins’ Good Food Market offers fresh local foods including veggies and fruits at affordable prices for the whole community. You’ll also be able to pick up recipes or tips on healthy eating for you and your family.
Who is eligible for the Rx program?
To be eligible for the Greens Rx program, participants must meet the following criteria:
Referred by a participating health provider for enrollment
Self-Referral online here
Managing a chronic, dietary disease such as Type II diabetes
Experiencing regular gaps in accessing healthy, fresh foods
Open to completing surveys
How do I pay at the market?
You can use your membership card or program ID card to pay for fruit and veggies each week. You can also top-up your purchases with cash, or by E-transfer. After your time in the program ends, you can continue to shop at the market year-round!
How to get started?
For more information about the Market Greens Rx program near you please contact Emely by email at email@example.com Or by phone at 705-406-2721.
INTAKE CURRENTLY CLOSED. Referrals for Cohort 2 opens in April 2023.
The Market Greens program was developed by:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Web: www.cfccanada.caMarket Greens
We’d love to share a big thank-you to Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support with our Good Food Program!
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