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Program provides high quality food at a low price

THUNDER BAY -- A volunteer powered program is providing the city with high quality, low cost food at an affordable price.
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(TBT News)

THUNDER BAY -- A volunteer powered program is providing the city with high quality, low cost food at an affordable price.

More than 40 volunteers gathered at the Moose Hall on Fort William Road Thursday to cart boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables, sort the contents, and then package it for hundreds of Thunder Bay families.

Good Food Box program coordinator Sherry Schott said the program aims to improve access to good food by making low cost, high quality and fresh produce available in neighborhoods across the city 12 months a year.

It saves low-income families a lot of money.

Fresh produce is ordered directly from the terminal, thanks to a partnership with Westfort Foods.

The group includes local produce in the Good Food Box whenever possible.

The non-profit, volunteer powered food security program has been administered by the Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre since 2005.

Centre Director Gwen O'Reilly said many families are facing difficult choices.

The volunteers gather on the second last Thursday of every month.

(TBT News)