Good Food Club

About the Good Food Club

The Good Food Club is a group buying club that provides fresh fruits and vegetables, local when possible, at wholesale prices through the power of bulk buying.

Pick-up day for the Good Food box is the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

The Good Food Club is open to anyone in the communities of Medicine Hat and Redcliff. Members can choose to order a box every month (or more than one box). Orders for the following month can be made on pick-up day or during the current month on or before the last Tuesday. Payments can be made at any of the depots when they are open during pick-up day or at the Community Health Unit, McCoy High School, Medicine Hat College Student's Association, REDI, and Redcliff Public Library during the month.

Value: What's in a box?

Boxes are available in three sizes: small ($10), regular ($15) and large ($20). Members can purchase as many boxes as desired per month.

In 2015 members who ordered a large box each month saved on average $115 in the year.

The contents of a box varies each month depending on what is in season, what is available, and the cost of produce. Each month there is a feature item such as pineapple, kale or avocado. Newsletters are sent in the boxes with recipes of the feature item.

On average the boxes will supply enough produce to feed for a week:

  • small 1-2 people
  • regular 3-4 people
  • large 5-6 people

The following is an example of what was in a large box in July 2014:

Fruit

2 lbs. of cherries      

8 peaches

10 plums

Vegetables

1 bag of large cucumbers

1 small bag of curly leaf lettuce

1 small bag of spinach

1 bunch of beets

1 bag of radishes

1 lb. of heirloom tomatoes

Volunteering

There are many opportunities for volunteering throughout the month and on pick-up day.

VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE GOOD FOOD CLUB

Throughout the Month

Host a workshop or lead a community kitchen. Call the Food Security Coordinator at (403)502-6096 for more information.

Come to an advisory meeting. Advisory meetings are held at Hillcrest Church, (3785 13th Ave. SE, North Entrance). The meeting is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 1pm. Volunteers receive an hour towards their volunteer requirements when attending these meetings and also have an integral part in making decisions about what foods are chosen for the box, as well as making crucial decisions regarding the operation of the club.

Price check the produce for the following month at one of five grocery stores.

Promotions - We always seek new ways to share information about this wonderful program. And what better way to do that then through the knowledge and first hand experience of the Club Members. Members are encouraged to keep their eyes and ears open for community events and the potential to promote the program. Members are able to contribute by setting up or providing assistance at a promotion table, hand out brochures and membership applications, and generally to serve as an information person for those interested in joining. Volunteer members are able to fulfill their mandatory 8 hour volunteer commitment by doing approved promotion for the Club at events such as Canada Day, the Stampede, or Flu clinics.

Scheduling Coordinator - The Scheduling Coordinator contacts by phone those in the Good Food Club who have signed up as volunteers to schedule them into blocks of time to promote our organization at our display booth at various community events.

Pick up Day at Main Depot (Hillcrest Church)

Depot Coordinators **This position provides the coordinator with a free small Good Food box each month** We have various depot locations in the Medicine Hat area available for people to pick up their box. The coordinator will be responsible to stay at the depot location for the duration of the pick-up time to distribute food boxes, help pack up people’s produce, write receipts and accept cash and cheques for next pick-up day.

Set-Up Coordinator    8:00-8:30am

Set-up at the main depot (Hillcrest Church gymnasium) includes counting and putting out Good Food Boxes onto tables, putting out carts, and in general supporting the set up for the day. Moderate lifting is required.

Packing Coordinator      8:30-11:30am

The Packing Coordinator is responsible to provide instruction and supervision to packers and receipt writers, as well as checking the produce quality as it arrives and making any adjustments to quantity as needed. The coordinator shall ensure that the correct quantity of food is in each box, monitor the volunteers and ensure sanitation and safety.

6 Packers    9:30-11:30am

This job requires the volunteer to help package and/or place food into each box. Packers will be required to be on their feet or mobile with light to heavy lifting required.

Depot Deliveries Coordinator    11:00am-1:00pm

The Deliveries Coordinator ensures the box count and delivery orders are correct and loaded for the delivery service pick-up. Repetitive heavy lifting (20lbs) required.

Receipt Writers    2:00-4:30pm & 4:30-6:30pm

Receipt writers are responsible to write receipts for boxes purchased for the next pick up day, handle and accept cash and cheques, accept payment for extra produce, hand out Club applications, and in general serve as welcome person to Club members. Other duties include stamping and tallying the receipt books, discussing Club questions and comments with members, distributing surveys, and other Community Food Connections news and materials.

Re-Packers   2:00-4:30pm & 4:30-6:30pm

This job requires the volunteer to help cross-check orders, pack bags and boxes for Club members as they arrive to pick up their produce. Also, to clean and put away the boxes for next time. The evening shift also requires help with putting away any remaining boxes, wipe surfaces, put away supplies and load any extra
produce for donation purpose. Moderate lifting required.

Membership Guidelines and Registration Forms

There is an annual membership fee of:

$10 for volunteers (8 hours or more of volunteering required throughout the year) 

$30 for non-volunteers

Membership fees are waived for college students and members who pick up at the Food Bank depot.

After June 30th membership fees are Volunteer: $5 (4 hours of volunteer time); and Non-Volunteer: $15

The membership year runs from January to December.

The following links are the Guidelines and Registration Forms for 2017

2017 Good Food Club Registration Form

2017 Good Food Club Membership Guidelines

Completed membership forms can be dropped off with your membership payment and first month's box pre-payment at Community Health Services, 2948 Dunmore Road SE, during regular office hours. 

Depot Locations & Times

Hillcrest Church gym (3785 - 13th Ave SE)2:00pm – 6:30pm
Medicine Hat College - Student's Association (299 College Dr. SE)1:00pm – 3:00pm
REDI Enterprises (860 Allowance Ave SE)1:00pm – 3:00pm
Community Health Services (2948 Dunmore Rd. SE)1:00pm – 4:00pm
École Les Cyprès (945 - 1 Ave SE)2:15pm - 3:15pm
Monsignor McCoy High School (202 – 8th St. NE)3:00pm – 5:00pm
Y’s Choice Wellness (415 - 3rdStreet SE)2:00pm – 6:00pm
Elm Street School (1001 Elm Street SE)2:00pm – 3:30pm
Medicine Hat & District Food Bank (532 South Railway St. SE)1:00pm - 3:00pm
Redcliff Public Library (131 Main Street SE)4:00pm – 6:00pm

We are always open to new depot locations!

If you are interested in becoming a coordinator or getting a new depot started in your neighbourhood, we ask that you secure a minimum of ten (10) other individuals or families to order from the new depot location. This helps to cover the costs of delivery and ensure sustainability of the new location.  We will work with you to facilitate an appropriate pick-up location and times.

Good Food Club Newsletters