We aim to ease barriers to accessing good food by bringing an affordable, fresh food market on wheels to Cape Breton communities.
Affordable, fresh food market-on-wheels
The Good Food Bus is a retrofitted accessible bus that lowers barriers to accessing healthy food by bringing an affordable, fresh food market-on-wheels to communities through CBRM.
We collaborate with hosts in selected communities, and a team of volunteers helps or staff repackage and deliver fresh fruit and veggies, often in portions that are smaller — and therefore more affordable — than grocery store options.
The project is led by a committee with representatives from:
A Better Bite Community Kitchen
Ecology Action Centre
United Way Cape Breton
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Island Food Network
Emergency Community Support Fund
The Good Food Bus program was selected as a recipient of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) of the Government of Canada, administered in collaboration with United Way Cape Breton. This funding will allow us to continue to support community members in the CBRM during the ongoing pandemic.
The success of the Good Food Bus would not be possible without the support of dedicated volunteers. Volunteer roles include Prep Team and Market Assistant.
The day before each market, the Prep Team works to weigh, bag, and sort produce in preparation for distribution to communities.
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per shift
Frequency: Once or Twice a month
On market days, the Market Assistant serves as the Good Food Bus Coordinator’s right hand. They will be on scene on market days in each community and are responsible for running the checkout and handling cash.
Other duties include helping set up and tear down equipment, preparing the market for customers, bagging and taking orders, and assisting customers as needed.