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5 December 2016

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Ottawa Good Food Box is looking for a steering committee chair

6 September 2016

As a partner to the Coordinators of the Ottawa Good Food Box (GFB), the Chair of the GFB Steering Committee supports and sustains the work of the GFB, and provides governance leadership and strategic fundraising support. Ideally, the Chair would serve for a minimum period of two years. This is a volunteer position.

Specific Responsibilities: • Planning and presiding over GFB Steering Committee meetings, and working with Steering Committee members and/or the GFB Coordinators in order to ensure follow-up actions are carried out as required; • Leading the development of the GFB strategic plan • Supporting the GFB Coordinators in the development of the annual work plan; • Developing and managing relationships with funders, partners, and other stakeholders; • Identifying prospective corporate donors, and assisting Steering Committee members with the development of grant applications and/or funding proposals; • Acting as an ambassador for the organization; • Assisting in the ongoing evaluation of the GFB against established objectives and performance indicators; • Supporting the GFB Coordinators in recruiting Steering Committee members; and • Periodically consulting Steering Committee members regarding their roles and helping them assess their performance.

Qualifications: • Extensive professional experience with significant leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector; • A passion for strengthening non-profit organizations • Demonstrated success as a non-profit board member or chair; • A natural affinity for cultivating relationships and convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals; • Excellent written and oral communication skills coupled with savvy diplomatic skills; • Integrity; and • Credibility.

Commitment: 10 hours per month, including chairing a 2 hour monthly meeting in the evening. This is a working committee with steering committee members actively participating in sub-committees (fundraising, event planning, public relations, social enterprise) which report back to the steering committee. The Chair would help ensure that these sub-committees stay on track and accomplish objectives.

August Box Contents

12 August 2016
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Here’s what’s in the August boxes:

$20 box: corn, organic cauliflower, carrots, organic kohlrabi, onions, bananas, oranges, kiwi, organic red kale, organic tomato, lime, organic cantaloupe, broccoli, zucchini .

$15 box: corn, organic cauliflower, carrots, organic kohlrabi, onions, bananas, oranges, kiwi, lime, organic cantaloupe, organic tomato, romaine lettuce.

$10 box: corn, organic cauliflower, carrots, organic Kohlrabi, onions, bananas, oranges, kiwi, lime, organic tomato, romaine lettuce.

Fruit bag: bananas, kiwi, oranges, cantaloupe, apples, lime.

Organic box: kale, cauliflower, tomatoes, green onions, cantaloupe, kohlrabi, carrots, broccoli, green pepper, zucchini, parsley, mushrooms.

Our featured produce for August: corn. There will be tasty corn recipes in your newsletter.

April Box Contents

17 April 2016
GFB $20 box contents

Here’s what’s in the April boxes(spoiler alert for those of you who like to be surprised each month). 🙂

$20 box: sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots, spinach, onions, bananas, oranges, leek, kiwi, apples, tomato, mushrooms, avocado.

$15 box: broccoli, carrots, leaf lettuce, onions, bananas, oranges, leek, kiwi, apples, tomato, mushrooms, avocado.

$10 box: broccoli, carrots, leaf lettuce, onions, bananas, oranges, leek, kiwi, tomato, avocado.

Fruit bag: bananas, kiwi, oranges, pears, apples.

Organic box: carrots, spinach, radishes, broccoli, leek, zucchini, strawberries, avocado, mushrooms, onion.

Our featured produce for April: leeks. There will be tasty leek recipes in your newsletter.

March box contents

13 March 2016

If you’d like to get a start on planning your tasty meals made with Good Food Box veggies and fruits, here’s what’s in the March boxes. (spoiler alert for those of you who like to be surprised each month) 🙂

$20 box: potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, onions, bananas, oranges, green pepper, pears, broccoli, garlic, grapefruit, cantaloupe.

$15 box: potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, onions, bananas, oranges, green pepper, pears, garlic, grapefruit .

$10 box: potatoes,cauliflower, carrots, spinach, onions, bananas, oranges, pear.

Fruit bag: bananas, kiwi, oranges, pears, plum, grapefruit.

Organic box: cauliflower, yellow potatoes(local), black kale, broccoli, romaine lettuce, red onion, garlic, swiss chard, mushrooms, grapefruit, apples.

Our featured produce for March is spinach. There will be tasty spinach recipes in your newsletter.

Tickets now available for Healthy People, Healthy Communities Project event

17 February 2016

Let’s celebrate the Healthy People, Healthy Communities Project with a feast and a forum on March 10 2016!

This project was developed between the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Good Food Box and the Wabano Centre of Aboriginal Health to explore questions related to food security, health and community food programs.

We are beyond excited to share the research findings that touch on the topics of food, health, food security, community food programs and the well-being of Ottawa residents. Brief remarks will be provided by Mayor Jim Watson and prayer will be provided by a local Elder. Other community and political leaders will also be in attendance.

A delicious mix of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal cuisine will be served as well as other tasty foods and vegetarian options.

The event runs from 6pm to 9pm (doors open at 5pm). We recommend getting there 20 to 25 minutes in advance to give yourself enough time to get settled and find a good seat. Please use the main entrance located at the corner of Bradley street and Montreal Road (via the large staircase outside). An elevator can also be accessed via the front entrance that faces Montreal road (if needed).

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/healthy-people-healthy-communities-feast-forum-tickets-21499422351

What’s in your box this month?

14 February 2016

We’re excited to have cauliflower in all the boxes this month! It’s been a while. If you’d like to get a start on planning your tasty meals made with Good Food Box veggies and fruits, here’s what’s in the February boxes. (spoiler alert for those of you who like to be surprised each month) 🙂

$20 box: sweet potato, cauliflower, carrots, romaine lettuce, onions, bananas, clementines, oranges, zucchini, tomato, pears, broccoli, mini butternut squash or pepper squash.

$15 box: sweet potato, cauliflower, carrots, romaine lettuce, onions, bananas, clementines, oranges, zucchini, tomato, pears, lime.

$10 box: cauliflower, carrots, romaine lettuce, onions, bananas, clementines, zucchini, tomato, pear, lime.

Fruit bag: bananas, kiwi, oranges, pears, apples, lime, clementines.

Organic box: mini butternut squash(local), romanesco cauliflower, white potatoes(local), sweet potato, bananas, broccoli, celery, ataulfo mango, carrots, black kale, avocado, romano tomato.

Our featured produce for February is onions. There will be tasty onion recipes in your newsletter.

Interesting Good Food Box facts

15 April 2015

Last year good food box customers bought over 5300 good food boxes! That’s 8,160 lbs of local carrots, 26,667 lbs of local potatoes (that’s 13 1/4 tons!), 4,080 lbs of local onions.

We have 38 pickup sites throughout the Ottawa area, and surrounding rural communities. There are volunteer run sites from Woodlawn Ontario to Gloucester.

Overall, about 100 volunteers are part of our Good Food Box family. We have volunteer site coordinators, box packers, lunch prep, community outreach, newsletter translation, steering committee and PR committee.

In 2014, we featured 12 produce items in our newsletters, including local fiddleheads, strawberries, kale, corn and cranberries. We shared 32 delicious recipes in our newsletter, from fiddlehead soup, corn and feta Salad, to quinoa with roasted squash and cranberries.

We supported local farmers such as Drouin Gardens, Ferme aux Pleines Saveurs, Ferme Chapeau Melon, Barkley’s Apple Orchard and Upper Canada Cranberries. We also supported family run local produce suppliers, who provided 8,645 lbs (over 4 tons) of bananas last year.

Potatoes are our featured produce this month. In the last decade, good food box customers have eaten 179,077 lbs, over 89 1/2 tons, of Ontario/Quebec potatoes. That’s a lot of spuds!

April 30th – Cutthroat Trivia: an evening of fun and food trivia

9 April 2015

The Ottawa Good Food Box, in partnership with Wilf and Ada’s, is pleased to present “Cutthroat Trivia”, an evening of suds, snacks, food trivia and great prizes, hosted by DJ and Trivia Master Jason Booth.

Our first “cuisine edition” of Cutthroat Trivia will be held on Thursday, April 30th at Wilf and ADA’s at 510 Bank Street, with doors opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets for this limited seating fundraiser are $25 per person. To enter your team and pick up tickets, stop by Wilf and Ada’s. The event poster can be found here.

We’d like to thank our sponsors: Wilf and Ada’s, Ashton Brewing Company, Fraser Café, Henry of Pelham, Jacobsons, Nickel Brook Brewing, and ZaZaZa, for their generous support.

For more information please email info@wilfandadas.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Volunteer with us!

26 February 2015

Would you like to help out? We’d love to have you. Now recruiting Packing Day volunteers for one Tuesday per month. Individuals and groups welcome. Please click here for more details.