[I] thought it would be a great thing for our church to be involved with.
Caversham depot co-ordinator Jillian Criglington
All Saints Fruit and Veges has restarted for another year.
The wholesale fruit and vegetable co-op, based at All Saints Anglican Church, now supplies fresh produce to customers across Dunedin.
The initiative, which began in early 2015, runs on Thursdays, and has depots including All Saints and Caversham Presbyterian Church’s Sidey Hall, as well as locations in Pine Hill, Mosgiel, Green Island and St Kilda.
Caversham depot co-ordinator Jillian Criglington said she first read about the project in The Star and contacted All Saints minister Michael Wallace to inquire about starting a depot through her church.
“[I] thought it would be a great thing for our church to be involved with,” she said.
The Caversham depot has eight to 10 volunteers on hand during of its opening hours from 10am to 11am and 5pm to 5.45pm, Mrs Criglington said.
She said the fact the produce was about “half the retail price” meant it was “more affordable” for people. A single pack was just $3, a double pack $6 and a family pack $12.
They also offered tea and coffee at the pick-up, which gave customers a “chance to talk to others” and several customers also stayed on for the church’s weekly Lunch@Sidey free community lunch, Mrs Criglington said.
While customers were unable to choose what produce ended up in their packs, many liked the “surprise” of figuring out how to use the fruit and vegetables they received, she said.
“[They] don’t seem to mind the variety.”
The co-op moved to reusable cloth bags late last year, a move welcomed by customers. Several people also brought their excess garden produce to give away at the Caversham depot, Mrs Criglington said.
All Saints Fruit and Veges runs on Thursdays at various times around the city.
For more information on the Caversham depot, contact Jillian Criglington on 487-6307 or 027-302-8119.
To sign up or for more information on all other depots, visit fruitvege.allsaintsdn.org.nz.