How It Works


  • The week in advance of getting the produce:  People order a pack of fruit and vegetables through one of our 14 cooperative hubs.
  • On Tuesday: Food{Together buys produce for us from the markets.  Food{Together is a not-for-profit organisation is contracted by CSFVC(Inc) to buy bulk fruit and veggies. 
  • On Wednesday morning: The produce is packed at the Hoon Hay Presbyterian Church at 5 Downing St by people who belong to one of 15 cooperative hubs.
    • The first workers arrive at about 6am to set up ready for the truck
    • The truck arrives at about 6:45am and workers help to unload it and transport the crates into the hall.  Workers keep arriving and helping.
    • Workers sort out how much of what needs to go in each bag and generally get organised so that the actual packing starts at about 8am.  Most workers are either packing produce or helping with counting the bags and moving them our of the dispatch room and into cars.  We need lots of workers from about 8am onward.
    •  We are usually finished packing by about 9:30am.  Those who have arrived later stay and tidy up so the hall is usually all clean and clear by about 10am.
  • After packing and clean up: The packers transport the produce back to their hubs; it is collected by those who paid for it last week; the orders for the next week are taken.
  • On Wednesday or Thursday: The coordinators of each hub order the packs for the following week through the online shop and pay for them in advance with a bank deposit.  

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