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Rev. Sue-Ann Ward, Grace Anglican Church

Faith Matters: Eat fresh

So much of Jesus’ ministry involved food. When Jesus fed the 5,000 with loaves and fishes (Matthew 14:13-21; John 6:1-14) he wasn’t just trying to meet the basic human need of filling people’s bellies. Jesus taught his disciples – his followers – to extend the love of God by extending fellowship to the people on the hillside.

Jesus taught his disciples to share from their abundance and to break bread with the people they encountered to connect with these people in a way that they could easily share from God’s creation in a meaningful way.

Sometimes, we forget that there are people in our own community who do not enjoy all of the abundance available to some in our geographic area. We forget that most of what we need to thrive is available to us nearby and we don’t need to transport our needs from all around the world to our table, wasting energy and causing damage to the planet that God created for us in the process.

The Good Food Box is a non-profit fresh fruit and vegetable distribution program. It makes healthy, fresh food affordable and accessible to everyone in a community.

The Good Food Box Network is a community-based food distribution system. It buys food at wholesale prices, sometimes directly from farmers. Volunteers pack the produce into individual boxes or reusable grocery bags, which are then delivered to the neighbourhood distribution sites. Customers pre-order boxes through their local neighbourhood distribution site.

The principles behind the program include health promotion and food skills education, supporting local farmers and the local economy, making the program accessible to anyone without restrictions, promoting seasonal buying and eating, providing high-quality produce, community development and volunteer support and development, environmentally responsible management, and reducing “food miles” and promoting a greener way of shopping.

The Good Food Box contains 11 different items and costs $15 ($25-30 retail value). A typical box might contain a head of broccoli, a bag of carrots, English cucumber, a stalk of celery, a head of lettuce, four large tomatoes, four yams, three zucchinis, a bundle of bananas, and eight plums. Selections depend on what’s in season and reasonably priced, making items as fresh and affordable as possible.

Please drop by Grace Anglican Church before the third Wednesday of each month to place your Good Fox Box order and to pay in advance. Cheques can be made out to Grace Anglican Church Waterdown. Food is available for pick-up the fourth Wednesday of the month between 3 and 7 p.m. Each box includes a newsletter with recipes, storage tips and information about each “Featured Produce Item of the Month.”

The local site coordinator is Sylvia Young. Contact her at   office@graceanglicanwaterdown.org  or  905-689-6715 for more information.

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