The Wellington Region Fruit and Vege Co-op is New Zealand’s largest community fruit and vegetable co-op. It delivers 7 tonnes of fresh produce to 1100 whānau every week.
Participants pay $12 or $15 for one bag of fruit and one bag of vegetables. The cost of the same vegetables in a supermarket would be significantly more.
The co-op is a partnership between Wesley Community Action and Regional Public Health, as well as 10 communities across Wellington.
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 10 packing hubs throughout the greater Wellington region (including the Wairarapa).
To find out where the 10 packing hubs are and how to sign up to receive your bags of produce, go to the Regional Public Health website.