An outreach program of the Bethel Pentecostal Church in Dawson Creek has teamed up with the Dawson Creek Co-op to curb unhealthy eating habits — especially among low income families.
It's called the Good Food Box program, and it has taken off in the community, said Gerry Styre, food manager at the Dawson Creek Co-op. As many as 70 families now get fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to their doorstep twice a month.
"We're really excited about the partnership," Styre said. "It's growing and I can see it growing much more. I have to really congratulate my produce team. They do a great job on it."
Anybody can purchase a Good Food Box. In it you will find a selection of fruits and vegetables and suggested recipes for using them.
But the majority of families taking advantage of the program are in the low income bracket and receive the boxes for free.
The program was started by the Dawson Creek Literacy Society and was recently taken over by the Bethel Church's Network Ministries outreach program.
"When we took it over, we first approached Co-op because we knew that [they are] so community minded," said Program Director Jacqueline Janssen.
The Good Food Box program gives away about 130 boxes per month for free, all funded by donations and by families that can afford to purchase boxes of their own.
The program also provides food boxes to people in the community who may be limited in their diet.
"We have set it up to help out families and individuals who are identified in the community as having no ability or a limited ability to access healthy food," Janssen said. "We just want to supplement their food, make sure they are eating healthy."
Each box is hand packed with fresh produce.
"The Co-op is always looking for community-minded endeavors, and this certainly is one," Styre explained. "That's what we want to be involved in. We thought there was a lot of value to it. It's totally different from the other food bank programs. It's fresh products rather than canned food."
For more information, or to purchase your own Good Food Box, contact Jacqueline Janssen at 250-782-5885.