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- New ‘Good Food Bag’ Offers Northumberland Residents Same Great Food…Only in a Smaller Size -

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – With harvest time almost here, enjoying fresh, locally-grown produce is now even easier to get in Northumberland County – especially in smaller portion sizes.

Local residents are reminded that the popular Good Food Box program continues to be available in the area. Each month, people can order a Good Food Box that is filled with assorted fruits and vegetables that are in season. When possible, locally-grown produce is included in each box. The boxes are delivered each month to pick-up points in local communities, including Alderville, Bewdley, Brighton, Campbellford, Cobourg, Colborne, Grafton, Harwood, Hastings, Port Hope and Warkworth.

A Good Food Box costs $15 each, although there is a $5 subsidy available from the County of Northumberland for some families with children.

To reach out to smaller households, organizers of the Good Food Box program have introduced a new ‘Good Food Bag’ designed to offer the same assorted fruits and vegetables that are available in the boxes – only in a smaller size. The Good Food Bag costs a bit less than the box at $10 each month, although no subsidy is available for it.

“We know that in smaller households of one or two people, a box full of fruits and vegetables may seem overwhelming to eat,” says Ursula Silk, the Co-ordinator of the local Good Food Box program. “With the new Good Food Bag, people can still enjoy the taste of locally-grown produce, but in a more manageable quantity.”

With fall being harvest time, Silk says there is a bounty of locally-grown fruits and vegetables available by purchasing a Good Food Box – or bag. “There is no better way to deliver farm freshness to your home than through the Good Food Box program,” she says. “By ordering a box or bag, you are supporting local farmers, helping your family eat better, and getting some excellent fresh produce at an affordable price.”

The Good Food Box program has been operating in Northumberland County for several years. It is a not-for-profit initiative of The Salvation Army, the United Way of Northumberland, the County of Northumberland, the Ontario Early Years Centre, Community Care Northumberland, Port Hope Community Health Centre, and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. For more information or to order a Good Food Box, call The Salvation Army at (905) 373-9440 or toll-free at 1-866-865-0768. Local farmers who want to sell their produce through the Good Food Box are also encouraged to contact the program.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Ursula Silk, Co-ordinator, Salvation Army Good Food Box Program, (905) 349-3388,

or Patricia Stuckless, Public Health Food Worker, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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