New Year, New Board, New Vision



Media Release: 11 January 2017

For Immediate Release


New Year, New Board, New Vision

Produce to the People has welcomed some new faces to their board’s executive at their AGM this week, adding considerable experience, skills and energy to the social enterprise. Former Vice President Dr Polly McGee has taken on position of President, she is joined by Ms Cat Gale-Stanton as Vice President, Ms Tanya Trost as Treasurer and Ms Jo Smith taking on the role of Secretary. Ms Amina Keygan remains in her role as Public Officer.

The new board is working closely with Founder and General Manager Ms Penelope Dodd to realise the organisations strategic vision of growing Produce to the People as a vibrant social enterprise with its own revenue stream.

“I’m thrilled to be continuing on my work with Produce to the People as President, and along with the board and General Manager, single pointedly pursuing the organisation transitioning from existing on donations and transient funding to creating our own sustainable revenue,” Said Dr McGee.

“The people of the North West community that we serve are the reason we all contribute the time and energy we do. We need to make Produce to the People a stable fixture that they can rely on.”

Founder Penelope Dodd acknowledged the work of the previous inaugural board members at the AGM, citing their willingness and faith to step up and in when the organisation became incorporated 12 months ago.

“Having a skills based board is critical for a lean organisation like Produce to the People. In the new executive we have significant local and international experience in commercialisation, funding, traditional and digital media, communications strategy, financial management, NGO’s, social enterprise, demography, nutrition and permaculture,” Ms Dodd said.

“We are all excited to get our hands dirty – literally and metaphorically with our plans for creating revenue streams to support and grow the food hub and farm. Our dream is to be able to not only develop fresh and value added products here at the farm, but to train and employ local people.”

Produce to the People is a social enterprise based in Burnie on the Burnie High School Farm. It provides fresh food grown at the farm and donated by individuals and businesses free to local people with food security issues. In 2016 demand for the service grew by 76%. 41 tonnes of food was distributed to 9342 people in the Burnie area alone.

Recurring monthly donations can be made with a simple sign up here

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

Media enquiries to founder Penelope Dodd on 0409 484 152 or President Polly McGee 0488301143





Do you come to our Free Food Farm Hub?

We’ve been on The Farm at Burnie High for six months or so now.  Time has flown and we feel like we have done some really good stuff so far.  But it is also time to ask you – the people who come to visit us – a few questions.  Firstly because we really want to know a little bit more about you, but also to see where we might add more value to the community.

The survey should only take a few minutes and if you can’t access it here we are happy to have a conversation with you at The Hub next time you come visit us.

Thanks so much!

We’ve found a new home!

We are truly excited about the new incarnation of Produce to the People and hope you will be too.

One of our greatest challenges has always been continuity of funding – or lack thereof. We know we do good work and with the support of the awesome and generous North West Tasmanian community have made a difference to many with our fresh veggie giving.

So, we are making the leap to develop & implement ideas to generate our own money, so that eventually we are no longer beholden to changes in government and the ever increasing pond of community orgs accessing any dollars out there available for food projects.

We are moving into The Farm at Burnie High School where we will be hosting a Work for the Dole program, launching a veggie box scheme that we will be growing for as well as purchasing veggies from local growers.  Yes folks, some of those “ugly veg” will be purchased by us and then find a little bit of love in one of our veggie boxes!  We will be launching a crowd funding campaign very soon as well.

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Of course we will still be a hub for donated produce that will still be available to those who might not be able to find $’s in tight budgets for fresh produce. In fact we are very pleased to tell you that we are growing our relationship with Woolworths and will be gathering via their Fresh Food Rescue program from an additional 8 supermarkets in the North of the State.  We will work with orgs in each supermarket area to make sure the produce remains in the local area.  (Let’s face it, this food has already travelled far enough!)

So, how can you get involved?

Stage One:

  • You can come and visit us at The Farm on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday and help out in a volunteer capacity in the garden.
  • You can donate your home grown veg & we will make sure it goes to someone who will appreciate it

Stage Two:

  • You can purchase a veggie box from us (we will let you know when we are ready to launch this service – we are not quite ready yet!)
  • You can grow for us and we will negotiate to purchase your harvest


We will be at The Farm almost every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Come say hi!


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