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Environmental Scan Report
March 2011

The Future of the Good Food Box Project
Thinking Inside the Box: Shaping and Strengthening Good Food Box Programs in Ontario

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This report was prepared by Community Voices Consulting Group for the Future of the Good Food Box Project

We are grateful to the many people who provided their support and guidance to this effort especially our Steering Committee Members Lorna McCue, (Ontario Health Communities Coalition) Mark-Jan Daalderop (Food Share, Toronto) Joëlle Favreau (YWCA Peterborough) Brenda Moher, (Halton Fresh Food Box) Susan Hubay (Peterborough County-City Health Unit) Bridget King (Sudbury District Health Unit) Catherine Schwartz (Thunder Bay District Health Unit)

We would also like to thank all of the Good Food Box programs that contributed their time and expertise to the information that the Future of the Good Food Box Project was able to generate. You are truly inspiring in your creativity and dedication.

This project was funded by the Healthy Communities Fund, Provincial Stream of the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and The Heart and Stroke Foundation Spark Community Advocacy Grant Program.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1. Introduction

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2. Methods 3. Findings

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3.1. About Your GFB Program 3.2. Program Mandate 3.3. Program Operations 3.4. Program Funding/Support

3.5. Program Partnerships/Collaborations 3.6. Program Challenges 3.7. Program Evaluation

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4. Concluding Thoughts

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INTRODUCTION

Good Food Box (GFB) programs have been active in Ontario for many years ensuring that individuals and families have access to fresh vegetables and fruits through a program framework that offers opportunities for community partnerships and capacity building. Within the parameters of the Future of the Good Food Box project, queries were sent out far and wide across the province to learn more about Good Food Box programs in Ontario: who they serve, how they function and what supports their continuation. This work supported the development of this Environmental Scan Report.

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METHODS

Information gathering was completed through a) initial outreach by Community Food Animators (Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition) to update general information on Ontario based Good Food Box (GFB) programs including,  contact coordinates for existing GFB programs  program resources available from GFB programs in hard copy or on associated webpages and  identification of GFB programs not yet listed in a central circulation list. b) the circulation of an online questionnaire c) semi structured telephone interviews d) network meetings and e) informal contact with programs

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Program literature was gathered and preliminary information was used to design the questionnaire and to inform the development of the semi-structured telephone interview template. Steering Committee feedback assisted in refining both the questionnaire and interview templates. The questionnaire was designed to capture GFB Program contact information, mandates, operations, funding/support, partnerships/ collaborations and program challenges. The questionnaire was circulated using...
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