The Food Rx program is a project run in collaboration between FoodShare and the University Health Network (UHN), supported by the McConnell Foundation, aimed at addressing food needs that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by connecting folks with a ‘prescription’ for regular home delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables.
You can find a progress report on the Food Rx program here.
The Food Rx program is currently full. We will update this page if more spaces become available.
Who can participate?
This project seeks English-speaking participants living in the City of Toronto who are:
- living in Toronto Community Housing
- currently receiving social assistance
- facing financial barriers to food access
- impacted by, or at elevated risk of COVID-19 (this includes people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in higher risk groups due to other health issues like diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, etc.)
What does participation look like?
Participants receive a Good Food Box full of fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables, every other week! Folks will be expected to participate in bi-weekly check-ins and phone surveys over the course of the program (approximately 3 – 12 months) designed to measure the impacts of receiving a Good Food Box on participant wellbeing.
How can I apply?
If you belong to one of the participant groups outlined above, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Phone #
- Home address for deliveries (include unit #, buzzer #, and any other delivery details)
- Postal code
- A couple of sentences introducing yourself and why you want to join the program
Participants are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, and space in the program is limited.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much food will I receive?
Each participant will receive 1 large Good Food Box bi-weekly. This is generally enough food for 2-4 people for a week, and the contents change weekly. Learn more about what comes inside the Good Food Box here.
When do deliveries happen?
Deliveries can happen anywhere from 10am to 9pm from Tuesday to Saturday, depending on your location. We can’t guarantee a specific delivery time but you can learn more about scheduling and the delivery map used by the The Good Food Box delivery team here.
Who should apply to this program?
If you have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the pandemic has made it challenging for you to access food (this could include financial barriers and/or mobility challenges) you can apply for this program.
Are there language requirements to participate in the program?
Currently, we only have the capacity to survey in English, but can accommodate folks if there is someone else in the household who can answer the survey questions on the participant’s behalf.
Am I guaranteed into the program if I apply?
Unfortunately not. Firstly, folks will be asked to answer a few questions as part of the intake information that is required. If you are eligible for the program based on your responses, and there is space available in the program, then you will be accepted to participate.
Do I need any equipment to be eligible for this program?
Participants will need to have space to prepare and use the food at home, and be able to be contacted by phone for bi-weekly surveys.