Grocery deliveries during COVID-19 – FoodShare deliveries

It has been six weeks since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. How the world has changed since then. I realize how many things I took for granted – such as meeting up with friends for coffee or going window shopping. But, I have to say that I have adjusted quite well to being at home. I made a list of projects that I have been neglecting and have been busy decluttering.

Something as simple as going to the grocery store to grab supplies has become such an ordeal (and stressful). From lining up, keeping 2 meters apart and being wary that surfaces you touch might be contaminated, I am so thankful that I subscribed to FoodShare’s Good Food Box (I actually signed up for it a month before the pandemic as a way to encourage myself to eat more vegetables. I had subscribed to it years ago but found having to go to a central pick up point and carry them back home to be too cumbersome. However, they have updated their system since then and the entire system is online and they do door to door delivery.

I usually order the small produce box which lasts me 2 weeks. You don’t get to choose what items will be in your box but I don’t mind this because it forces to me to get creative and learn new ways to cook certain vegetables. I treat it as a black box challenge. It costs $16 for a small produce box which is cheaper than what I would pay at the nearby grocery store (and I don’t have to line up). Plus, vegetables can be heavy so it saves me from having to lug it all the way home. During the COVID-19 pandemic, FoodShare has also waived the delivery fee in order to make it more accessible for people.

Here are some photos of what was in my small produce box last month.

That large white root vegetable is a rutabaga – had to figure out what to make with that. I just roasted it.
I had to think of creative ways to use up the cabbage and kale. I used the cabbage in stir fries and noodle dishes and I made a smoothie and kale chips with the kale. Kale chips are my favourite way of using up kale. They are crispy and remind me of seaweed snacks.

Not bad for $16!

The great thing about FoodShare is that the produce is fresh and local with several items coming from community gardens around the city. Foodshare also provides programs and services to individuals who are struggling with food insecurity.

To learn more about FoodShare and the programs they are involved with, check out their website.

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