Food Box, CSAs, Co-ops, and Bulk Buying Clubs

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A bulk buying club is a group of people with similar food preferences who come together to buy food in bulk. All participants of a bulk buying club are involved in the planning, shopping, sorting, and delivering of food. These clubs enable individuals to work with a group of like-minded people to get more with their food dollars. All bulk buying clubs have the same underlying purpose: to provide nutritious food at a lower cost for a group of people.There different types of bulk buying programs: Food Box Programs, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Food Cooperatives, and Bulk Buying Clubs.

  • Food box programs are typically managed by a third-party distibutor that buys food in bulk and distributes food boxes to members for a fee. Week-by-week ordering is typical of these programs.
  • CSA members  pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme.
  • Food cooperatives are legally incorporated cooperative organizations where members are owners, which gives them access to lower priced food purchased in bulk by the cooperative.
  • Bulk buying clubs are often smaller, more informal groups of friends or neighbours that come together to buy food in bulk to save money.

 Adapted from: Bulk Buying Club Best Practices Toolkit – Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador


FLORENCEVILLE & HARTLAND AREA

  • Buckwheat Flats (Delivery or pick-up in Knowlesville)

FREDERICTON & SURROUNDING AREA

MIRAMICHI & SURROUNDING AREA

MONCTON & SURROUNDING AREA

SAINT JOHN & SURROUNDING AREA

  • Saint John Food Purchasing Club, St. Joseph’s Community Health Center, 116 Coburg St, 632-5537 ( they have 5 locations for pick-up of bags)
  • Dave’s Produce Packs- (CSA) Numerous locations in Southeast NB
  • Home Grown Farms (CSA)  Pick up locations in Sussex and Saint John

ST. ANDREWS & SURROUNDING AREA

Do you know of a program that’s missing from the list above? Contact us!