LUSH Valley’s Food Share Program is excited to announce that we are launching two new streams to our Good Food Box program for 2021!

 In 2020, LUSH Valley supported our community with 11, 500 Good Food Boxes of fresh, local food delivered right to people’s doorsteps! “As of February 2021, we have been working closely with several community partners that include Comox Valley Family Services, Wachiay Friendship Center and the Washington Apartments to support 250 households in receiving Good Food Boxes free of charge”, says Maurita Prato, Executive Director. “The feedback from our community members lets us know just how significantly the program has impacted their lives, and we are excited to expand our reach to more members of the community.”

 “Blessings to everyone involved in these beautiful boxes of nutritional foods,” said one Good Food Box recipient. “When I opened the first box, it was so appreciated that I cried happy tears for the love put into that gift. Thanks for being an amazing, caring, dedicated group of people!”

 The Good Food Box is a large grocery bag of fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs, available weekly or every other week. At least 50% of food in each Box is local, but this amount increases to 100% during peak season when we utilize the abundance of fresh produce in our region and support Comox Valley Farmers and Growers.

 “In May, we were excited to launch two new streams of the program to our community”, says James McKerricher, Local Food Access Manager. “These new elements are vital to the long-term sustainability of the program as they provide more support for local Farmers and Producers while also increasing healthy and local food access for all.”

 Good Food Boxes come in three sizes: Regular: (suggested for 1-2 people), Large (suggested for 3-4 people) and X-Large (suggested for 5+ people).

 Community Good Food Boxes can be ordered by anyone through our online Good Food Box Store (https://www.localline.ca/fruit-and-veg) and range in price from $30.00 to $50.00. Community Boxes provide the perfect opportunity to get local food at a great value while supporting LUSH Valley, local Farmers and local Growers. You can support other members of our community by purchasing a “Gift Box” with your order that will go to a household experiencing food insecurity.

 Subsidized Boxes are available for households experiencing financial barriers to meeting their food needs and range in price from $10.00 to $18.00. To apply for a Subsidized Box or to get on the waitlist for a No-Cost Box, please fill out the Request Form on our website: https://lushvalley.org/programs/food-share/.

 If you have questions about the program or need help with registration, please email us at foodshare@lushvalley.org or call our Food Share Helpline at (250) 207-4357.

Alison Peill

Communications & Administrative Manager, LUSH Valley Food Action Society