The Good Food Box for Health Care Practitioners

What is the Good Food Box Program?

The Good Food Box is a community program run by Nanaimo Foodshare that supplies a box of fresh fruit and vegetables to low-income members of the community, seniors, and people with diverse abilities. The boxes are available for a low cost of $5, $10, or $15. A limited number of no cost emergency boxes are also available.

The Good Food Box Supports Health

Access to nutritious food is a key aspect of food insecurity which the Nanaimo Foodshare Good Food Box Prescription addresses. The Good Food Box program supports the health of individuals at risk for food/nutrition insecurity by providing barrier-free access to nutritious foods, specifically fresh fruits and vegetables for little or no cost.

Diet-related risk factors are now the leading cause of death in Canada. Food insecurity—the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints—is widespread affecting 1 in 8 households in 2017-2018. Individuals living in food-insecure households have poorer diets, increased nutritional vulnerability and lower intakes of fruits and vegetables when compared to food secure households.

It is estimated that 1 in every 5 deaths globally are associated with poor diets. In 2017 more deaths were caused by diets low in whole grains, nuts and seeds and fruit, than diets high in trans fats, sugary drinks, and red/processed meats.

References

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Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. (January, 2019). News release: New Canada’s Food Guide cuts the crap! Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Retrieved November, 2020, from https://www.heartandstroke.ca/what-we-do/media-centre/news-releases/new-canadas-food-guide-cuts-the-crap#:~:text=Millions%20of%20people%20in%20Canada,deaths%20in%20Canada%20in%202016.

PROOF: Food Insecurity Policy Research. (2020). Household Food Insecurity in Canada. PROOF: Food Insecurity Policy Research. Retrieved November, 2020, from https://proof.utoronto.ca/food-insecurity/

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