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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Social program seeks volunteers

Sauble Beach | by Claire McCormack  

Sauble Good Food Box at standstill because of lack of help

The Sauble Good Food Box program has come to a standstill because it doesn't have the volunteers it needs.

The program makes fresh produce available to people at a low cost.

The Sauble Beach Family Health Team and Grey Bruce Health Unit are looking for a volunteer site coordinator and orders are on hold until they find one.

Public Health Dietitian, Laura Needham says "The Good Food Box depends on volunteers in order to maintain affordability and sustainability."

The coordinator acts as a local contact, organizes orders and works with volunteers to pack boxes on pick up day.

Nededham says a volunteer coordinator doesn't need other experience, it's basically about contacting volunteers to figure out who will be there on packing day and occasionally talking with the food supplier or the Sauble Family Health Team.

The position requires about 10 hours every month. Packing days are the third Tuesday of every month from roughly 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. but Needham says that doesn't always have to be the case and times could be changed.

The box is available to anyone, and costs about $15 a month. Needham says it fills a grocery store green shopping bin/basket full of fruits and vegetables. She says some food has a longer shelf life than others so it allows users to not have to eat it all at once.  

Needham says some food is local, some comes from the Toronto Food Terminal, so while much of it is seasonal, you could find the occasional banana or other non-native food.

There are 19 Good Food Box sites across Grey Bruce. Visit Good Food Box for more information and locations.

Contact Laura Needham if you are interested in becoming a volunteer site coordinator.

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