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May 8, 2017 | by  | in Mauri Ora |
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VUW Fruit and Vege Co-op

For just $12 you could buy a pet rock or two bags of freshly picked seasonal produce. Easy choice? We think so!

Wondering who we are? We are the Victoria Fruit and Vege Co-op and we are supporting health and wellbeing for students and staff at Victoria University. The co-op delivers healthy produce at affordable prices to each campus every Thursday — even during the holidays. We launched in March and are a non-profit social enterprise supported by Wesley Community Action, Regional Public Health, and FoodTogether. We are also supported by MG Marketing who purchase produce from growers and ME Transport who bring the produce to us. The co-op makes use of bulk buying power and volunteer labour (students and staff) to package and distribute bags of fresh fruit and vegetables.  

The co-op model is a partnership: you order and pay online by midday Tuesday, on Thursday student and staff volunteers pack and distribute your order, and you pick up your orders at the arranged time from Kelburn, Pipitea, or Te Aro. For $12 you will receive one bag of fruit and one bag of vegetables, comprising 6-8 varieties. These bags of fresh, seasonal food are great value. Visit our page on the university website to find out more, including about how to place an order.

Support the co-op: We’re looking for a team of students and staff to volunteer time and energy to promote healthy eating, nutrition and to support the successful running of the co-op. This would include volunteering at either the packing hub at Kelburn or one of the distribution hubs. You will be able to show off your coordinating, distribution, and people skills, earn Vic Plus points and participate in a new initiative that will provide you with amazing work experience and look great on your CV.  It is also a fun way to meet students and staff from other courses and faculties. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables enhances wellbeing, concentration, and energy levels. Yay for the VF&V Co-op!

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