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news december 2018

Hi all, with Christmas and a New Year just around the corner we thought we would give you the latest on what’s happening at Produce to the People.

Last night we held our Annual General Meeting as well as a General Meeting of our Board and there are a few changes at the helm.

We are so grateful to our outgoing President Catherine Gale-Stanton for the wonderful work she has done for Produce to the People over the past year – that gala would never have happened without her! Catherine has been a great asset to PTTP and her work, along with that of the Board, staff and volunteers has left us in a great position moving forward.

We are ever so pleased to introduce the new PttP Board: Dr Amina Keygan steps up from her VP role to become our new President and Corey Speers is our new VP.  Claire Smith remains as Treasurer and Simon Gates as Public Officer.  Our Secretary role remains a shared one.  General Board Members remaining are Penelope Dodd, Michelle Williamson, Lee-Anne Mundy and we are pleased to welcome new general Board members Steph Prendergast and Harry Cuthbertson.

We are thrilled that as of next year Burnie High will be getting a two day a week Farm teacher and happy to have that teacher, Steph Predergast join the PttP Board. More kids on The Farm more often…….brilliant!

Our other big news is that our founder and hands on everything person, Penelope Dodd is leaving her hands on role after a rollercoaster nine years as GM.  Fortunately she will continue to have an influence on the future of PTTP by remaining on the Board. The Board takes this opportunity to thank Penelope for her outstanding contribution, which has played a significant role in us continuing to grow, gather and give well into the future. And while it with sadness that we see her go, we look forward to an exciting year ahead of us with these changes on both the Board and on The Farm.

There will be more news to come as we firm up Penelope’s replacements and we’ll ensure to keep you posted.

The Produce to the People Board.

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Our new Patron – Brendon Gale, CEO Richmond FC

 

 

Richmond Chief joins Produce to the People

Produce to the People is delighted to announce its new patron, former north-west Coaster and CEO of the Richmond Football Club, Brendon Gale.

Produce to the People (PttP) , which operates a food relief hub, social enterprise and four-season farm on The Farm at Burnie High School welcomed Gale as its patron in May.

Gale has remained deeply connected to the Coast, long after leaving to join the Tigers as a young player in 1990.

Gale, who returns to Tassie regularly, took the opportunity to tour The Farm with PttP’s founder and general manager Penelope Dodd and Board President Catherine Gale-Stanton (Gale’s sister), in October 2017.

Brendon and Cat Gale

“They do a lot with very little,” Gale said. “Thousands of the region’s most vulnerable visit the farm to access the fresh food that PttP provides, and that number is growing. But, like many volunteer-run charities, the funding doesn’t grow alongside that increased need.”

“I’m humbled and happy to help where I can,” Gale said.

PttP’s founder Penelope Dodd was excited to welcome Gale, alongside celebrity TV chef Ben Milbourne, who is PttP’s first patron.

“We are thrilled Brendon is joining us as patron,” PttP founder and GM Penelope Dodd said.

“His connection to the Coast is so strong, and it’s clear he wants to see the best for the place where he grew up. We are immensely grateful to our donors, but we run on the smell of an oily rag; to continue to grow, gather and give we also need help from the community.

“We have recently been given Deductible Gift Recipient status, which makes donations tax deductible. We rely heavily on donations, fortunately DGR status makes donating to a charity an even more rewarding decision.”

In May this year 2146 people accessed fresh food from the Produce to the People food hub, a 26% increase on 2017.

“We provide an essential service for a growing number of people in our community who are in need,” Ms Dodd said.

“We are looking forward to our new patron’s role in helping PttP continue its role in the community.”

To find out how you can assist PttP click on this link.

 

Produce to the People

Penelope Dodd                   0409 484 152

Catherine Gale-Stanton    0419 257 626

 

We’re back with a plan and a share if you care

Midwinter breaks are good for many reasons – for sleep-ins, you get to work on your own garden, you don’t have to respond to emails or read/watch the news, and you get a break from what can sometimes be a whole lot of overwhelm.

Luckily for us just before we took our break a lot of really interesting things happened.  We got to chat with the Deputy Premier, Jeremy Rockliff about how politically we could position ourselves for more government attention, we spent time with our Patron, NW Tassie champion and all round good guy  and go getter Ben Milbourne who not only filmed an episode of his show Food Lab by Ben Milbourne on site but, we also got some incredibly positive feedback on a couple of products we will be producing for his soon to be open restaurant in Providore Place that is part of the Devonport Living City development. We also spoke in house – the board and volunteers and founder/GM Penelope (me) – about what PttP will look like over the next six months or so.

First exciting cab off the rank is the reintroduction of our home delivery of veggie boxes to elders in our community.

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You may remember we received some funding a while back (now long expended) that saw us deliver 50 + veggie boxes to people in our community who were not only doing it tough, but also had no way of getting to us on The Farm where our food hub is open during the week.  We were over subscribed at the get go and fed a lot of people but it did get a little out of hand in terms of the people we were delivering to.  Its always going to be a bit of a challenge for us and our “ask no questions” policy but this time we are doing things a little differently.

There will be guidelines as to who we can deliver to, and as this is a self/community funded project we are starting with elders only who have no transport who live in the Burnie+Somerset+Wynyard areas.

But there is a but………

This time we are asking you to help us by donating $25 each month for a minimum 12 months.  This money will go towards vehicle costs mostly but also pantry staples to add depth to our boxes.  We think this a great way your office or family or service group, or footy club could make a big difference in the life of some of our most vulnerable elders.

You can head over to our give now page where we have set up a “Produce to the Elders” cause page so you can easily contribute.

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We know our Produce to the People community is generous to a fault – the more people you share this opportunity with the more elders will receive a box of fresh produce each week.

Click a few buttons and lets make this happen!

 

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