CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS!
Love Local started in May 2013 from small beginnings and this week delivered our 10,000th fresh fruit and vegetable bag into the Southland community. This seems like a great time to reflect on the Love Local journey.
Love Local Charitable Trust was founded by two like-minded couples who were keen to give back to the community. They had a focus on helping those in need and sustainable food systems. Around this time government funding for an existing scheme that made fresh produce available to those in need was being removed, Love Local worked with them to pick up their customer list and Love Local was born. Six years on, we are made up of a mixture of paid staff and volunteers, who are committed to providing a quality service and supporting our community.
Love Local is a charity that operates a social enterprise business model, which gives us an income stream to help support our charitable work. What this means is that the general public sign up as customers to receive our subscription service of fresh, locally grown (where possible) fruit and vegetables. The proceeds from this helps us make low-cost fresh fruit and vegetables available to low-income households. We are proud to buy our produce locally, supporting local businesses and a more sustainable food system.
As a social enterprise our values drive our business decisions. Some of our values are:
· Relief of poverty through the provision of low-cost fruit and vegetables to those in need;
· Improve the health of Southland residents by encouraging them to eat more fruit and vegetables;
· Educate in the preparation of fresh fruit and vegetables for consumption;
· Protect the environment, minimising our carbon footprint by purchasing produce that is grown locally, wherever possible.
We collaborate with local social agencies to enable us to reach households that could benefit from our low-cost produce and endeavour to make the consumption of fresh produce easier by providing meal plans and recipes utilising the contents of our mixed produce deliveries. Anyone with a Community Services or SuperGold Card is eligible for our low-cost produce.
We are extremely thankful for the support we have had from customers and our community to be where we are today. In order for Love Local to continue to thrive as we head towards our next 10,000 deliveries we rely on support from our customers, community and volunteers. If you are wondering what you can do to help us have a positive impact on our community and environment, visit www.lovelocal.org.nz or contact us to find out more.
Louise Duffy, Operations Manager
Carrot and Apple Cake
½ cup oil
2 cups flour
¾ cup brown sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp all spice
¼ tsp ginger
3 medium-large carrots
¾ cup stewed apples (cold) or 2 apples grated
Beat eggs and oil together. Sift dry ingredients into the egg mixture and stir until just combined. Grate carrots (and apples, if required) and mix through the cake batter until just combined. Try not to overmix and this can cause the cake to become dense. Place in a greased round baking tin (approx. 20-25cm). Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 45 minutes. Ice with a delicious cream cheese icing. Enjoy!