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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Did you miss Tasmania on Eat Australia last night?

In case you missed it (AND US!) here is a link to Episode 1 of Eat Australia.  A HUGE shout out must go to Andy Allen and Ben Milbourne for helping to showcase the amazingness of Tasmania.  Those of us lucky enough to live here wake up to the beauty everyday #winning

After watching, f you are inspired to help Produce to the People continue our good works you can DONATE or VOLUNTEER.  

You will have to sign in to watch the episode at SBS On Demand:

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Media Release

 

A week in August 2016

Give a Little, Gain a Lot

To celebrate social enterprise Produce to the People’s two year anniversary on the Burnie High School Farm growing, gathering and giving fresh produce to some of North West Tasmania’s most vulnerable citizens, Founder Penelope Dodd and the PttP Board are calling on Tasmanian’s across the state to commit a little money every month to give a lot to people in their community.

“As the farm gears up for spring growing season, and our clients gear up for the end of year expenses associated with winter power bills and the impending festive season, we are calling on Tasmanian’s who are lucky enough to have their needs comfortably met to share their abundance,” said Ms Dodd.

“Just $25 dollars a month from your budget will help to fill our pantry, put seedlings in our farm garden and deliver boxes of fresh produce to Tasmanian elders who are struggling to eat.

“By forgoing a bottle of wine, or a takeout dinner, or a few coffees, you will unbelievably transform the outlook of someone who often by a single life event such as redundancy or relationship breakdown has found themselves having to access emergency food relief.”

The most recent set of figures from Produce to the People paint a somber picture of food security on the North West, with increasing amounts of produce being distributed to the ‘working poor.’

To the end of August this year, 4561 people had relied on the service for providing food for themselves and their families, an increase of 36% on 2015 figures.

“It’s a simple equation: if we have more funding, we can grow more fresh food at the farm and feed more people. Produce to the People is passionate about supporting our community to eat wholesome fresh grown food, connecting people and offering dignity without judgment.

“We can all play a role in that. Many of us won’t miss $25 a month, and I guarantee you will gain a spring in your step knowing you are feeding a single mum or dad, or someone’s grandma, or one of our veterans.”

Recurring monthly donations can be made with a simple sign up here https://www.givenow.com.au/producetothepeople

To volunteer your time and expertise in the garden, to work in the food hub, or for corporate donations contact founder Penelope Dodd on 0409 484 152 or producetothepeople@ymail.com

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