Usk, Usk, Monmouthshire NP15, UK

We want to start a Food Co-op in Usk and need volunteers. More info at www.foodcoopswales.org.uk

We would be running from Usk Adult Education Centre, everything is in place apart from needing some more volunteers who would be happy to run the food co-op. The role would involve taking orders / payment, placing the order and bagging up produce. Food co-ops run weekly for an hour or two.

Posted by Foodcoop1 on the 06th Mar 2015.

Want to eat more healthily and save money? Use your local food co-ops.

A food co-op is an easy, more sustainable way to buy affordable, quality and where possible, local fresh fruit and vegetables from local producers or businesses. There are around 300 food co-ops based in communities across Wales, so there’s bound to be one near you! To find out more visit www.foodcoopswales.org.uk

What is a Food Co-op? A food co-op is a simple way of buying fresh fruit and vegetables, in your community, whilst supporting a local business. Food co-ops are run weekly by volunteers from a community venue such as a school, community centre or workplace. Produce sold through food co-ops come from local suppliers such as farmers, retailers or wholesalers, who select fresh fruit and vegetables according to seasonality, availability and value. All the money taken at the food coop goes straight to the supplier and therefore into the local economy. A bag of produce costs on average £3.00.

Why use your local food co-ops? As well as helping you eat more healthily, you can also save money by using your local food co-op. On average a regular customer saves around £220 a year. As well as selling fruit and veg, many also offer additional produce such as eggs, meat, fish or bread. Many are linked to other community activities such as community cafes, mother and toddler groups offering the chance to socialise and meet new people.

Why not come along? Food co-ops are open to everyone. Simply turn up, order your bags, pay, then collect your fresh produce the next week.

Haven’t got a Food Co-op in your area, why not start one? Anyone can set up a food co-op in their community. The Rural Regeneration Unit (RRU) who run the programme with funding from the Welsh Government, will provide you with all the resources and support you need to get started. If you would like information on how to set up a food co-op in your community, please visit www.foodcoopswales.org.uk or contact your local Food Development Worker Rebecca May – 07807 003039 / rebecca.may@rru.org.uk 

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