Good Food Bus

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:

  • New Dawn
  • A Better Bite Community Kitchen
  • Ecology Action Centre
  • United Way Cape Breton
  • Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • CBRM Recreation
  • CBRM Transit
  • CBRM Council
  • 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.

Communities

  • Sydney — The Convent
  • New Waterford — Knights of Columbus
  • Glace Bay — Warden United Church
  • Whitney Pier — Polish Village
  • Louisbourg — Louisbourg Firehall
  • Main-à-Dieu — Coastal Discovery Centre
  • Sydney Mines — Community CARES
  • Membertou — Membertou Heritage Park

Schedule

Volunteer

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.

Prep Team

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

Market Assistant

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.

  • Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per shift
  • Frequency: Once or Twice a month

To volunteer, please contact:

Emma Jerrot, Coordinator, Good Food Bus
902-371-6180
[email protected]