Cut off: Monday, February 15, 2021 (9am)
Pick up: Monday, February 22, 2021
What is it?
The Bow Valley Good Food Box (GFB) is a monthly 20-25lb assortment of fresh produce, available to anyone in the Bow Valley. The box typically includes staples such as carrots, apples, & potatoes, as well as a variety of other seasonal items. Please note there are no choices/replacement items.
The regular price of the Bow Valley Good Food Box is $30, taxes included. A partially subsidized option of $25 is offered to people with a lower-income* or who have been affected by COVID-19. These subsidies are provided by a grant from the Rotary Club of Canmore and the Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign.
For many residents in the Bow Valley, the cost of living impairs their ability to access fresh fruits and vegetables. The 2017 Living Wage report showed that the cost of standard food items in Canmore is approximately 5% higher than anywhere else in Alberta. Unfortunately, according to Canada's Food Price Report, the average yearly cost of food for a family is projected to go up in 2021, due to factors such as the pandemic and wildfires. The gap between cost of living and average wage here can & has resulted in issues with food security. The Good Food Box helps all residents access affordable and nutritious food. After doing some cost comparisons, we found that purchasing the same items that we recieve in the box at the grocery stores in Banff/Canmore come to just over 50$ - meaning purchasing the box saves you 20-25$ on fruits/veg.
This Bow Valley partnership includes the Town of Banff, the M.D. of Bighorn, the Bow Valley Food Alliance, ID No. 9 (Lake Louise), the Christmas Spirit Campaign and the Rotary Club of Canmore.
Since September 2019, the GFB has been available to residents across the Bow Valley; including Banff, Canmore, Kananaskis, Lake Louise, Morley, and the M.D. of Bighorn.
As of April 1, 2020, the above organizations partnered with the Canmore chapter of Edmonton based company, The Organic Box. The Organic Box team purchases fresh, top-quality produce directly from farmers and wholesale suppliers to create the GFB each month. They make sure that the boxes contain the maximum amount of fresh fruits and vegetables possible for the cost. To do so, they also focus on what's in season locally. The team at Organic Box then use all recommended safe food-handling processes to assemble the boxes before delivering them to our pick-up locations.
How does it work?
1. Order online before 9am on cut-off day (one week prior to pick-up). You can do so by clicking the ORDER HERE link located at the top/bottom of this page, and by using your credit card or credit/debit card. Please ensure that you get a confirmation email. If you do not receive one, please contact us at email@example.com.
2. Pick up! Due to COVID-19 the GFB is a drive-thru pick up service in Canmore and Banff. Please wear a mask when interacting with volunteers. See below for pick up locations and times. More details are emailed out prior to pick up date.
Banff Fenland's, Parking LotMonday 4:00 - 5:30pm
Canmore Recreation Centre, Back Parking Lot
Monday 4:00 - 6pm
Kananaskis Village, Post Office loop
Monday 5:00pm* *subject to change
Lake Louise Medical ClinicMonday 6:00 - 7pm
Monday 4:30 - 6pm
For up-to-date information regarding the Bow Valley Good Food Box, join our Facebook community by clicking here: Bow Valley Good Food Box
*As determined by Towns of Banff & Canmore, low income is defined by <$33,045 /individual or <$66 090 /household.
To reach people who identify that the partially subsidized option is still too much for their situation, we also offer a Pay-What-You-Can option. To access the 'PWYC' option please reach out to your respective pickup point-of-contact for more information:
BANFF/LAKE LOUISE: firstname.lastname@example.org
MD BIGHORN/KANANASKIS: email@example.com
These subsidies are provided by a grant from the Rotary Club of Canmore & the Bow Valley Christmas Spirit Campaign.