A Nonprofit System for Fresh-Produce Distribution: The Case of Toronto, Canada


Every month, 4 000 boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables are delivered to 200 volunteer-run neighbourhood dropoffs in Metropolitan Toronto. The Good Food Box (GFB) project of FoodShare Metro Toronto is essentially a large buying club, based on many of the same principles and aspirations as Japan’s Seikatsu Club, the United States’ Share Box, and Brazil’s Citizens’ Action Against Hunger and Poverty and for Life. Since its inception in 1993 the GFB has grown steadily, and eight towns in Southern and central Ontario have adopted the model or variations of it. This paper provides a case study of the development, operation, and principles of the GFB as a successful community-based market-driven food-distribution alternative.


Scharf, Kathryn.“A Nonprofit System for Fresh-produce Distribution: The Case of Toronto, Canada.” In For Hunger Proof Cities, edited by Mustafa Koc, Rod MacRae, Luc J.A. Mougeot, and Jennifer Welsh. Pp. 122-127. Ottawa, ON: International Development Research Council, 1999.