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Fresh produce program expands to Stouffville

A program that makes fresh produce available at wholesale prices is now offered in Stouffville and Richmond Hill.

York Region Food Network’s (YRFN) Good Food Box (GFB) program has been operating in Aurora for more than 15 years and started serving Markham in 2020.

YRFN works with Markham’s 19th Avenue Farmers’ Market to purchase produce at wholesale prices and passes those prices along to customers to make fresh produce more affordable than purchasing the same quantity of food from a grocery store. Each GFB costs $18.

In Richmond Hill, the GFB program will be available at The Community Christian Reformed Church at 45 Crosby Ave. The Community Action Table, led by Family Services York Region, is providing the program with funding from York Region’s Community Investment Fund.

“By providing a pickup location in the heart of Richmond Hill, we have been able to see how many people have already been served through this program and the amazing work that YRFN has been able to bring to our community,” says Church Pastor Jack Klooster.

In Stouffville, YRFN has teamed up with the Hummingbird Hub, The ABLE Network and St. James Presbyterian Church to build a GFB distribution site at the church at 6432 Main St. with funding from the Whitchurch-Stouffville Legacy Fund.

“It is wonderful to see more partnerships of social organizations coming together to provide support, programs and solutions for many within our community,” says Hummingbird Hub Executive Director Laura Cusack. “It’s exciting to see this grow into a solid support service that can help so many across a broad demographic spectrum including support for families, seniors and young people on a tight budget.”

The GFB program is available on the first and third Wednesday of each month year-round. Place orders at www.yrfn.ca and indicate your pickup location: Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill or Stouffville.

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