After much perseverance and having found the common ground of the health and well being of the community's senior residents, the City approved a 10-week pilot project to determine the feasibility of the GFB for the senior population of CSL.
A partnership was formed with Moisson Montreal, the food bank organization that operates the GFB program in the Montreal area.
Although no validated questionnaire evaluating the GFB program had been developed, we sought to assess the perceived success and user satisfaction of the program as well as any beneficial impacts such as increased fruit and vegetable accessibility and social interaction.
Six respondents indicated that the GFB increased the quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables in their home; however, only 1 participant demonstrated an increased intake compared with the baseline survey.
For autonomous seniors, the GFB provided a chance to be part of a community project that supports volunteerism.
Although the small sample size is not large enough to adequately generalize to the elderly population, the purpose of this pilot project was to determine the feasibility of the GFB program in CSL among this particular population.
The supplier, Moisson Montreal, determined the contents of the GFB; therefore, there was no control over these issues.