We get asked at least once a month if we think some of the people are coming to our food hub to “rip us off”. My response is the same each time – “I am guessing you have never been in a position where you have not had the money to buy food for yourself or your family?”
It does frustrate me and I think perhaps says more about the person asking the question.
Each day we see people admittedly ashamed that they have to come to see us and I think that is a shame. I think as a community we can stand by those that might be doing it tough for a couple of weeks, or a couple of months, or a couple of years for you never know when it might be you.
I’ve only walked in my own shoes but I would like to think that my community would look after me if I were ever in need.
There is a way you can help us continue to be there. You can invest $25 in Produce to the People and we will invest that money in one of our social enterprise ideas that will see us not only become financially self sufficient which means we can continue to run our food hub, but hopefully create local employment outcomes and more opportunities for the students at Burnie High and the wider community to participate on The Farm.
If you click on the “invest” link you are a couple of clicks away from being a part and PLEASE share the link far and wide so we get only closer to our target.
What kind of community do you want to be a part of?
Grow, gather, give and love the one you’re with.
NB: Here are links to the stats you see in the main image: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-08/food-waste-value-australia/4993930 and http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/driving-change/current-campaigns/local-campaigns/Pages/Healthy-Food-Access-project.aspx