Pop Up- Good Food Box MARCHÉ

 

For several years, the Sudbury & District Good Food Box program has made it possible for residents of Sudbury and the surrounding communities to purchase fresh produce at wholesale prices.   

Last summer, the Sudbury & District Good Food Box Program had applied its model for affordable fresh produce to a traveling pop-up market! The ‘Good Food Box MARCHÉ de la boîte de bonne bouffe’ made short, regular stops in select residential neighbourhoods that are underserved by grocery stores.

As with the existing Good Food Box program, the market operated on a not-for-profit basis, with bulk purchasing discounts getting passed on to market patrons. The market had the added advantage of being more frequent than the monthly Good Food Box program, and it allowed people to choose the items they bought. Ultimately, the goal was to encourage local families to make healthy food choices by making it easier for them to access a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. The markets had a high turnout, with numerous people talking about how much their children loved to choose their own veggies and fruits.

With funding from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the Good Food Box MARCHÉ de la boîte de bonne bouffe worked with the Best Start Hubs and the Sudbury & District Health Unit to identify market locations where children and families often gather, and where grocery store access is limited.

As a pilot project, the market operated in two neighbourhoods last summer, as follows:

When:  Tuesdays until September 26th, 2017
Time:  3:30 pm to 5:00pm
Where: NEW LOCATION- Holy Redeemer Church Parking Lot, 1887 Bancroft Dr, Sudbury

AND

When: Wednesdays until September 27th, 2017
Time: 3:30pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Spencer Park, Power Street, Copper Cliff

Since the market was not-for-profit, promotional efforts as well as market set-up and take-down duties had required the assistance of generous, community-minded volunteers. We thank everyone who helped make these markets an overwhelming success.