Houston Link to Learning starts a good food box program

Ideal for those not comfortable driving out of town in the winter to grocery shop, now there is a good food box program

Ideal for those not comfortable driving out of town in the winter to grocery shop, now there is a good food box program where people can order approximately 22 lbs of assorted whole-hearted fruits and vegetables at a reduced cost of $25, and pick up their order at the Morice building of the Houston Northwest Community College.

The Houston Link to Learning received a $3000 grant from the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako to help fund the coordination of this program, which runs until the end of April.

“This program has run in Houston before, but for a very short time. It really needs a lot of volunteers and help. We’ve wanted to run this for a while, since it coincides with what we do already, like the community garden and farmer’s market, but we just didn’t have the capacity until now thanks to this funding,” said Marian Ells, program manager of Houston Link to Learning.

Order forms are available at the front desk of the Houston Northwest Community College. Every two weeks residents can place an order. Orders are due at noon on the Friday before the Tuesday pick up date.

Bulkley Valley Whole Sale is supplying the fruits and vegetables which they will deliver on Tuesday for volunteers to separate into boxes and be available for pick up that same day.

“It’s about bulk buying and saving. We are happy to do this in Houston, especially with our current lack of a grocery store, it’s challenging. There are a few businesses in town helping [to alleviate that struggle], and this is just another way to do that,”commented Ells.

More than just making it access to healthy food easier on residents, it’s a program that provides food security for those in need.

On the order form there is an option to pay $30, of which $5 will go towards helping pay for a food box for a family in need.

Even if you are not interested in buying a box for your own use, you can donate an order and support a family within your own community.

The types of food you can expect to get will vary depending on what is in season and on sale.

“Basically in every box there is going to be potatoes, carrots, and onions. Beyond that it’s going to based on seasonal and what is one sale. This time [for December] there will be broccoli, turnips, garlic, apples and oranges. We hope to add somethings that people don’t eat all the time, and add a couple of recipes with each box,” said Ells.

For more information about this program, or to sign up as a volunteer, contact the Houston Link to Learning at 845-2727.

 

Just Posted

Greyhound cleared to end routes in northern B.C., Vancouver Island

Company says nine routes have dropped 30% in ridership in last five years

Houston athletes prepare for B.C. Winter Games

Eryn Czirfusz and U14 ringette team to represent Houston

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

BC BUDGET: NDP cracks down on speculators, hidden ownership

Foreign buyers’ tax extended to Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Vancouver Island

BC BUDGET: Payroll tax replaces medical premiums

Health spending to increase $1.5 billion for drugs, primary care teams

B.C. Games open with Olympic touch

The 2018 B.C. Winter Games kicked off in Kamloops

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Former Canuck Roberto Luongo addresses Florida shooting victims

Parkland, Fla., resident, delivers speech before Florida Panthers’ first home game since tragedy

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Kelowna skier Kesley Serwa adds to Canada’s gold medals

Despite losses in men’s hockey and curling, Canadian women won medals in ski cross and figure skating

Suspected serial killer targeting Toronto gay community now faces six murder charges

Bruce McArthur now charged with murders of six men: Toronto police

Trump suggests more guns in schools to combat shootings

Trump floats two-step plan for gun control: More guns, more control

Second Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

Russian Bobsled Federation states a drug-test sample that pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva gave on Sunday was positive.

Indigenous leaders call for change after ‘system fails’ Tina Fontaine

‘All of us should be ashamed’: Calls for change after jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty

Atwal fiasco dogs Trudeau; PM pledges a ‘conversation’ with MP responsible

Trudeau is being peppered with questions about the lingering controversy

Most Read