MOUNTAIN—The Dundas County Green Food Box, a project of Linking Hands, is available to everyone twice a month, once in North and once in South Dundas — with both locations open to all.
“We offer the Green Food Box all year round as a service to everyone in the community regardless of income,”
Linking Hands coordinator Sandy Casselman said. “There is no limit to the number of bags someone can order.”
There are two sizes of Green Food Boxes available in both municipalities, a small ($10) and a large ($15) bag. The variety and the quantity of produce varies each month. In October, for example, the South Dundas Green Food Box included the following in its small bag: local apples, bananas, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, onions, oranges, peppers, red potatoes, and romaine lettuce. The large bag included all the same items as the small, but with the following additions: leeks, parsnip, pepper squash, and pomegranate.
“We have had some people tell us the bags are too large,” Casselman said. “To this, we suggest buying a bag with a friend and splitting the contents. For those who may prefer one item to another, we have added a swap table where those who wish can exchange items with others. This service, however, depends completely on client involvement. We can’t guarantee there will be extra items you want.”
With a focus on providing the best value for clients, organizers say they are continuously open to feedback.
“I am always excited and curious to go pick up the bags,” Iroquois GFB client Kim Hutt said. “I have been participating since the third month. I have always been impressed with the quantity, quality, and variety of items. The value in this service is exceptional. I hope more people subscribe to the service and make it even more amazing.”
The North Dundas Green Food Box is available the last Friday of the month. Orders are due no later than the Friday before pickup. Order locations include: any North Dundas branch of the SD&G County Library, the Township of North Dundas, Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre, Flair with Fabrics in Chesterville, and the House of Lazarus in Mountain. Orders placed at Nor-Dun, Flair with Fabrics, and HOL are to be picked up at those locations on the due date. All other orders are to be picked up at the Joel Steele Arena in Winchester between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the pickup date.
In South Dundas, the Green Food Box is available the second Wednesday of the month. Orders are due no later than the Wednesday before the pickup date. There are order locations throughout the municipality. In Morrisburg, orders can be placed at Barnfull O’ Goodies, Community Living Dundas County, the Dundas County Food Bank, and the local SD&G County Library branch. In Iroquois, orders may be placed at the library or at Mustard’s Variety. The library branch in Williamsburg and the Brinston General Store are also order locations. Pickup locations are the Dundas County Food Bank in Morrisburg or the Royal Canadian Legion in Iroquois.
“Purchase produce that is fresh, healthy, and affordable,” Iroquois’ lead volunteer Dianne Fawcett said. “Everyone deserves this.”
For more information, phone 613-989-3830, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the organizers’ website at linkinghandsdundas.ca. Also follow them via Facebook (Linking Hands Dundas County and/or Green Food Box Dundas County).