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We are privileged to share our days with Michelle Williamson. Here are some of her thoughts about spending time at Produce to the People.

We can not love her more 🙏🏻

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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

 

It’s our Farmiversary!

PttP was born in the summer of 2009 and we have had quite a few changes in the model of how we do business over the years.  By far our most exciting and loved version is the one we are living right now – on The Farm at Burnie High.

This week we are celebrating three years on The Farm.

This is how we found The Farm.  More animal sanctuary than produce producing.  A blank canvas.  First job – contain and re-home all those free ranging beasties.

then PttP farm

A lot of love…

and then this PttP

and look what you can do when you have funds to pay staff!!

and when you have staff

Of course the community support we get with food donations and corporate volunteering – Lion, Wynyard Seafoods, Golden Grain Bakery, Woolworths, Second Bite, Costas, local farmers, backyard growers, Caterpillar. A special shout out to our Patron, Ben Milbourne who makes sure we appear in every series he produces!  This is #communityfood in action.

produce support

And the Burnie High staff and students.  Big love…

BHS

Our gold star volunteers make The Farm a family.  We’ve included our friends from Multicap and the Burnie School of Special Education here.  BIG LOVE to all past and present.

volunteers 1

 

You know we are nothing if not determined.  Even though we are down to one part time employee, our volunteer family has grown to 25.  Hopefully we can get The Farm back to primo production this summer.

We know the massive difference we make in our community and we have shown we are here for the long run.  In 2016 we had over 17,000 people access fresh, nutritious food via our service and we grew and gathered over 80,000 kilos of produce.

In the lead up to TEN YEARS of Produce to the People (2019) you will continue to see us grow, gather and give.

If you would like to be a part of our PttP family you can pop in on one of our Volunteer Orientation hours held every second Tuesday of the month at 11am and/or head to give now to make a donation.

BIG LOVE to all from PttP founder, Penelope and the Produce to the People Board

PttP hands