Good Food Club
What is the Good Food Club?
The Good Food Club (GFC) works to empower its members to eat healthier, gain new skills and build community. Based in West Broadway, it has been a leading food security initiative for over almost 15 years. GFC was created and is managed through direct community engagement, tailoring initiatives and adjusting in response to the interests and needs of its members.
From field to table, Good Food Club members are engaged in their own food security. Through farm trips, members learn to grow food while helping a local farm supply GFC’s farmers market. In both the summer and winter markets, volunteer members help supply affordable vegetables, fruit, meat and cheese to their community. Cooking classes help members turn market items into healthy meals for their families. Workshops offer development of skills, such as canning, bread making, food safety, and first aid. Our children’s programs invite youth to take first steps toward preparing their own meals
Members gain skills that improve their quality of life and their employability. GFC’s volunteer rewards program gives members “sweat equity points” which they can redeem for healthy foods. The Good Food Club creates economic and social connections through activities that instill both a sense of possibility and shared responsibility.
Over the past four years, membership has more than quadrupled to over 1100 and participation in GFC events has more than doubled. Please consider joining the culture of giving back to your community by supporting GFC as it continue to grow and find remarkable success.
West Broadway Farmers’ Market is starting July 6!
This outdoor market is brought to you by the Good Food Club. It is an affordable place to buy local foods, crafts, etc. The Market will run every Wednesday from July 6 – mid September from 3:00-6:00pm. We are located in the courtyard outside Broadway Neighbourhood Centre (185 Young Street).
Want to become a vendor at the market? Here’s what you do:
1.) Read the MB Farmers’ Market Guidelines (found here)
2.) Fill out this form: West Broadway Farmers’ Market vendor application form 2016
3.) Return the first 2 pages of the package to Ailene or Kelly in our office at 608 Broadway. (Paper forms can be picked up here as well)
4.) Please plan to attend a brief Vendor Info Session in the West Broadway Community Organization’s Board Room (608 Broadway) on Wed, June 29/15 at 3:00pm.
Order your CSA share NOW!
Are you interested in purchasing fresh, local vegetables and supporting the Buys Home Farm? (All produce for the West Broadway Farmer’s Market comes from The Buys Farm.)
The Buys Home Farm is now offering CSA shares!
Located only 20 minutes south of the Mint, Buys Home Farm uses
only natural farm practices and organic seed.
Pick up day: every Wednesday
Dates: from July through September(13 weeks)
Pick up: West Broadway Farmer’s Market (185 Young St.)
Cost: half shares – $300 (feeds 2-3 people), full shares – $500 (feeds 4-5 people)
$100 deposit due upon order
Sign up deadline: May 30, 2015
Call Good Food Club at 1-204-774-7201, ext. 6 or
When placing a paypal order, please include your phone number in the comments.
FARM TRIPS START TUESDAY, JUNE 7th!
Interested in learning about sustainable farming practices? In collecting sweat points to put towards the purchase of naturally grown, local produce? In meeting other residents of West Broadway and building community?
Why not volunteer with the Good Food Club this summer? Farm trips to the Buys Farm (20 min. south of Winnipeg) begin in June, and run every Tuesday until mid September!
Come down to the West Broadway Community Organization office to chat with program coordinators (Ailene & Kelly) about plans for the 2016 farm season.
This is an event for both GFC members who have been to the farm and for those who haven’t previously been involved but are interested in helping out.
We encourage returning participants to drop by and share feedback regarding their past experiences.
Farm Trip Info Session:
Tuesday, May 24/16
WBCO Board Room (608 Broadway)
The Good Food Club wants YOUR opinion!
Please help us better serve our members by filling out this survey today! It only takes five minutes and all submissions will remain anonymous.
The Good Food Club is in its winter season. That means community dinners, Good Food Boxes, indoor markets, cooking classes and more events right here in West Broadway! Take a look at our events calendars to see what is happening in the coming months:
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The Good Food Club was featured on CTV Morning Live recently! Click here to see the video
Check out the Good Food Club on Shaw TV:
What Does the Good Food Club Do?
- Good Food Club Mini Market and Good Food Box pickup every second Wednesday
- community cafes (small community dinners)
- large community dinners (twice a year)
- free monthly educational workshops
- free monthly community cooking classes
- Kids Cooking Program
- fresh food boxes in the winter months
- for those seeking strictly all natural/organic options, contact Fresh Options Food Box Program: http://freshoption.ca/
- we have made some changes to our Good Food Box program in the last year. The Good Food Club is now a depot for the Winnipeg Food Share Coop! You can order your box from us, they will be assembled by the Winnipeg Foodshare Coop, and then delivered to us where you can pick them up and pay for them! Click here to order your box!
- weekly trips to the Buys Home Farm: June – September
- West Broadway Farmers’ Market every Wednesday in July-September
- educational field trips to other local farms
- berry-picking trips
- Kids Cooking Program
Becoming a Good Food Club Member:
Option 1. Order your membership online and receive membership card in the mail.
Option 2. Print off your membership form here and mail or drop it off at 608 Broadway.
Option 3. Drop by 608 Broadway in person and apply.
Option 4. Ailene for more information: 204-774-7201 ext. 6
Please donate to the Good Food Club:
You can make a donation to the Good Food Club any time by clicking on the Donate button below! THANKS
55% of families and 70% of individuals live below the poverty line in West Broadway and struggle to afford healthy food.
* With your investment we can help others help themselves!
We are an award winning program that helps low income inner city residents help themselves by farming together, cooking together and sharing food together
Active/low income members “work” for their food by volunteering in exchange for sweat equity points.
What does the Good Food Club do?
– delivers fresh food boxes to people in need
– feeds residents at community dinners
– provides 1 ton of fresh local produce at our summer “veggie van” market
– offer food handling skills development to inner city residents
Become a Supporting Member today for only $25
Organizational/ business memberships $50
*Donations of $10 – $500 needed!
i.e. a donation of $50 will buy: one box of fresh food for an inner city family for a month, or feed 8 low income people at our community dinner.
Charitable tax receipts issued
Need more info, contact Good Food Club Coordinator at 774-7201 ext #6
Good Food Club Video
In partnership with the University of Manitoba Environmental Studies program, students worked with members of the Good Food Club to create a video: