A hearty determined crowd turned up this morning to pack the 154 lots of fruit and veggies for the Christchurch South Fruit & Veggie Co-op.
Once the produce has been purchased, it will always be delivered to the packing depot by the freight company, and so it has to be packed, otherwise people's $10 gets wasted. There are no refunds.
So I thought people showed great strength of character to keep going regardless of the snow. West Spreydon School joined for the first time this week.
Some more innovations and suggestions this week from participants.
- Provide for a 1/2 size fruit & veggie parcel for elderly people that would be much lighter to carry home. Maybe for $5 a week.
- Each distributor to provide 2 contact cell phones for Mike to ring in the event of no one turning up from that group.
- Provide for an impromptu creche to be set up if parents bring their kids with them. Would need to have a box of toys and books on hand. We had a creche this week.
- Give Christchurch Cathedral Parish office authority to not purchase on a week if extreme weather event about to occur, with moneys held over to following week.
The freight depots were closed today so the crates were unable to be returned for a credit. This has delayed the return of the crates till tomorrow or when ever they reopen.
This has had a knock on effect of preventing the distribution of emergency food parcels this afternoon, because the work truck and trailer is still loaded up with the empty crates.
The orders for the CSFVC Distribution Centres this week were
- KidsFirst Kindergarten Selwyn St - 20
- Manuka Cottage - 28
- Opawa Baptist - 11
- Sydenham Community Centre - 36
- Sydenham Salvation Army - 0
- Waipuna Trust - 35
- West Spreydon School - 24
On June 30, another fruit and veggie co-op is opening in the Linwood area with a packing centre at St Chads to supply a number of nearby distribution centres.