In times of high inflation and unprecedented vegetable prices, eating healthy has been harder than usual. But Strathmore FCSS will continue to offer a way to afford plenty of fruits and vegetables for cheap with the Good Food Box program in 2023.
The Good Food Box is a non-profit organization providing fresh, locally grown produce for cheaper than what you'll find on grocery store shelves. It's similar to a large bulk club with centralized buying coordination, which means Good Food Box can offer lower than usual prices on their produce.
Catherine Walsh Community and Social Development Manager with FCSS explained what they saw for usage in 2022, "Our numbers have stayed steady over the past year, with approximately 50-60 boxes per order." With experts saying that Albertans can expect to see continued food price increases for 2023 this program may be utilized by more in the coming months.
While buying produce for cheap has the benefit of saving money while also being healthy, another big benefit is supporting local farmers, as the organization prioritizes farms close to home.
Pick up will continue to be on Fridays and times have not changed but the pick-up location has noted Walsh, "We will continue to offer pick up from 11am-12pm. We have had discussions about changing this, but at this time will continue with the current times, people can have someone else pick up their order if they are unable. If boxes are not picked up, they are donated. We have also decided to move the pick-up location to the Town office beginning in January due to logistics.
The program is open to anyone who wants to order, and you can pick boxes up once a month, to order, contact Strathmore FCSS at 403-934-9090.
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