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 (Reception Desk) – 4715 Highway 101 East
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 2-4 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.
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!