Food deliveries during COVID-19

It has been six weeks since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. How the world has changed since then. I realize how many things I took for granted – such as meeting up with friends for coffee or going window shopping. Something as simple as going to the grocery store to grab supplies has become such an ordeal (and stressful). From lining up, keeping two metres apart and being wary that surfaces you touch might be contaminated, I am so thankful that I subscribed to FoodShare’s Good Food Box (I actually signed up for it a month before the pandemic as a way to encourage myself to eat more vegetables.

FoodShare’s Good Food Box

I had subscribed to the GoodFood Box years ago but having to go to a central pick up point and carry the items back home became too cumbersome. However, they have updated their system since then – the entire system is online and they do door to door delivery! Yay!

I usually order the small produce box which lasts me 2 weeks. You don’t get to choose what items will be in your box but I don’t mind this because it forces to me to get creative and learn new ways to cook certain vegetables. I treat it as a black box challenge. It costs $16 for a small produce box which is cheaper than what I would pay at the nearby grocery store (and I don’t have to line up). Plus, vegetables can be heavy so it saves me from having to lug it all the way home. During the COVID-19 pandemic, FoodShare has also waived the delivery fee in order to make food more accessible for people.

Here are some photos of what was in my small produce box last month.

First delivery
FoodShare small produce box
Second delivery
FoodShare small produce box with multigrain loaf
I decided to add a loaf of multigrain bread to my order for $6

Not bad for $16!

The great thing about FoodShare is that several of the items come from community gardens around the city. FoodShare also provides programs and services to individuals who are struggling with food insecurity.

To learn more about FoodShare and the programs they are involved with, check out their website.