Love Local

FRESH, LOCAL*, FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

Love Local is a charitable trust sourcing and selling seasonal fruit and vegetables. These will be sourced locally wherever possible. Customers purchase from a range of boxes for a fixed price through an on-line ordering system. If you'd like to try us out, just visit our store!

Launch - Press Release

 

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Thursday31st Oct 2013


Love Local Charitable Trust Launches Fruit and Veg Box Scheme in Invercargill


Love Local is, you guessed it, a local initiative! It's a charitable trust that delivers fresh fruit and vegetables to your door. Not only that, it support low income and unwaged families by providing fresh fruit and vegetables at a subsidised rate.


Nathan Surendran, a spokesperson for the Love Local Trust board, staffed by the founding volunteers, said “The Trust was born from a group of friends wondering how to do something in Southland that would be of benefit to the community. We discussed encouraging healthy eating and fruit and veg box schemes were brought up”.

“We then found there is not a lot of fruit and vegetable grown to supply the local markets in Southland” says Mr Surendran. “The growers we have identified are pleased to find there is another route to the local market for their products; however we are always interested in hearing from more growers”. The Trust's goal is to have 50% of all produce from local producers within the first year. “It’s an ambitious target but we will be giving it our best shot” says Mr Surendran. “Longer term, we want 100% local, and this will involve more growers into the marketplace, particularly to produce over the winter months under cover.”

Love Local is a community program and is reliant on support from you as a customer, and potentially as a volunteer, or even a grower, to generate the benefit to the community that they believe possible. “When you look at the global picture, it's clear that we're not doing anything novel or controversial. There's a huge shift towards communities participating more in their local food supply, with a proliferation of food box schemes, community supported agriculture cooperatives, etc."


If you would like to buy a box on a one off or regular basis, to volunteer with Love Local – primarily to help pack and distribute boxes, or if you're a grower interested in supplying us, contact us on 03 928 5073, via email: info@lovelocal.org.nz, or fill the contact form on our website at www.lovelocal.org.nz/contact-us/.


You are also invited to help spread the word via social media – please like and share Love Local's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lovelocalnz.


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Press: For more information contact:

Nathan Surendran of Love Local on nathan@lovelocal.org.nz

Phone: 03 928 5073 or 021 209 6286

Web: www.lovelocal.org.nz or www.facebook.com/lovelocalnz