The Wellington Region Fruit and Vege Co-op is New Zealand’s largest community fruit and vegetable co-op. It delivers up to 9 tonnes of fresh produce to 1400 households every week.
Participants pay $12 for one bag of fruit and one bag of vegetables. The cost of the same vegetables in a supermarket would be at least $22.
The co-op is a partnership between Wesley Community Action and Regional Public Health.
The co-op began as a pilot programme in Cannons Creek in 2014 as a way of providing cheap, healthy produce to people living in an area with no local supermarket. It now has 11 packing hubs throughout the greater Wellington region (including Featherson).
To find out where the 11 packing hubs are and how to sign up to receive your $12 bags of produce, go to the Regional Public Health website.
Fruit & Vege Co-op switches to returnable cloth bags
On October 2 2018 the co-op started making the switch from plastic bags to returnable cloth bags. The change is expected to save 114,000 single use plastic bags every year.