Frequently Asked Questions
1) How do I order The Good Food Box PG?
You order it online at https://www.thegoodfoodboxpg.ca
2) What’s the difference between ‘The Basics’ and the ‘All the Goods’?
The difference is both in quantity and diversity. There is often, but not always, more of a given item, but also more diversity of items in the ‘All the Goods’, like herbs or hot peppers. To give you an idea of the products and quantities that are likely to be in your box, you can look at the past boxes descriptions here: https://www.thegoodfoodboxpg.ca/product-page/the-basics
and here: https://www.thegoodfoodboxpg.ca/product-page/all-the-goods
3) What are your pick-up locations?
We offer two pick-ups a month at the Q3Hub (1299 3rd ace, corner of 3rd and Quebec) and at UNBC.
4) Do you offer a Student Discount?
Do you offer a Student Discount? There are currently no PGPIRG subsidies for student boxes, but students in need can purchase a Food Share. See below for more information about the Food Share boxes.
5) Do you offer a Seniors Discount?
We offer a ‘Food Share Box’ that includes all the products of our ‘The Basics’, but at a fraction of the price. This box is funded by the amazing supporters of the Good Food Box who make donations through the ‘Buy to Give’ program. If you are having a hard time making ends meet right now, the ‘Food Share Box’ is intended for you. This is mutual aid in action. When you get back on your feet and can contribute, you can pay it forward and contribute for others. *Limited quantities
6) Do you offer discounts?
We offer a ‘Food Share Box’ at a fraction of the price of ‘The Basics’ box. This box is funded through donations to the ‘Buy to Give’ program. If you are having a hard time making ends meet right now, maybe a senior or a single parent on a limited income, the ‘Food Share Box’ is intended for you. This is mutual aid in action. When you get back on your feet and can contribute, you can pay it forward and contribute for others. *Limited quantities
7) How often can I order a Good Food Box?
Currently we offer an in-town pick-up at the Q3Hub and a UNBC pick-up every 2nd and 4rth Thursday of every month. For the next pick-up date at your preferred location, visit www.thegoodfoodboxpg.ca and scroll down to “Next Pickup-Date”.
8) Do you offer delivery?
Currently we do not have the infrastructure or funding to offer delivery. It is our hope to be able to offer this service in the future.
9) When is the next pick-up date?
For the next pick-up date at your preferred location, visit www.thegoodfoodboxpg.ca and scroll down to “Next Pickup-Date”.
10) How do you come up with the prices for The Good Food Box?
Food prices have been steadily rising since 2010 and there is already a 7% increase in food costs in Canada compared to the beginning of 2021.
In addition, large agriculture supported by chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides as well as by farm financial subsidies makes it extremely challenging for small scale, earth friendly, farmers and food distributors to compete pricewise with products such as the ‘grown in China garlic’ sold in Big Box stores.
The values that guide the Good Food Box operation are not only to connect consumers to local, healthy produce/products, but also to ensure we are paying producers a living wage, which often is not the case with distributors like big box stores.
For the last few months, volunteers supplemented over 80 hrs/month to bring the Good Food Box to more people. History has shown us that the Good Food Box is not sustainable in the long term on volunteer work alone, so we are testing whether it can become a self-sustaining social enterprise. That means adding a small percentage to the wholesale/bulk prices to enable us to pay someone a living wage for the number of hours necessary to keep it happening.
The store offers two box sizes for $30 & $50. We believe that fresh local goods should not be a middle-class privilege, so our store gives the opportunity for mutual aid. Those who can afford more can donate for those who have less. Because of this, we can offer a ‘Food Share" box at a fraction of the price of a $30 box. If someone is having a hard time making ends meet right now, maybe a senior or a single parent on a limited income, the ‘Food Share Box’ is available to help.
11) How do Subscriptions Work?
Subscriptions guarantee that you will never miss a box and support our work in gathering enough goods from food producers to have enough boxes for all of our local customers.
Subscriptions for the first box of the month are available for purchase from the 29th to the 7th.
Subscriptions for the second box of the month are available for purchase from the 15th to the 21st.
You can easily suspend a subscription by letting us know a week before the box pick-up.