With great fruit delivery comes great social responsibility
Australia may be the lucky country but many people can’t afford to put fresh food on the table on a regular basis. The One Box is an initiative of The Fruit Box Group that aims to address this problem.
In 2017 The Fruit Box Group launched a new community program where fresh produce was purchased directly from local markets and suppliers and distributed to families doing it tough.
During the year 25,000 boxes filled with fresh fruit, vegies, milk and bread was provided to families in need via our community partners. This year we are pleased we will be upping the ante and providing 40,000 boxes in 2018 to families doing it tough each week in both Victoria and NSW.
We work closely with our distribution partner, Fareshare and a range of community partners. The dedicated community centres act as pick up hubs for recipients so families have the opportunity to access a range of support programs and activities. Our aim is not only provide beautiful fresh produce to families but create a strong link with organisations that can help in other ways.
Our community partners share with us the impact The One Box has had on their communities. Sharee Grinter of West Footscray Neighbourhood House, one of the partner agencies involved says,
“This kind of valuable support from businesses to services like ours gives us greater capacity to offer tangible support to more families. With fresh food so expensive it’s often the first to fall off the list when resources are stretched, so a weekly box of good quality nutritious food will have a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of families in need,” Grinter says.
We hope our program inspires other businesses to develop new ways to 'give back'. For more information on the program visit our latest news update.
If you would like to know how you or your company can get involved please contact the Head of CSR at The Fruit Box Group please send us an enquiry via firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know...In addtion to The One Box initiative we also provide around 20,000 pieces of fruit each week to organisations such as OzHarvest and Fareshare?
Ref: *Australian Institute of Family Studies, Food Insecurity in Australia: What is it, who experiences it and how can child and family services support families experiencing it? 2011