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Awapuni Vege Hub turns one

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This week the Awapuni Vege Hub, in Palmerston North celebrates its first birthday.

Last year the Vege Hub was set up by St Matthew’s Church in conjunction with MidCentral District Health Board’s Public Health service. The purpose of the hub is to introduce more fruit and vegetables into homes, at a more affordable price.

Kathriona Benvie, who helps administer the hub said: “The biggest highlight this year has been the continuous broad community volunteer support. The volunteers have a heart of gold, and really want to help.” The volunteers help unload the truck and pack all the fruit and vegetables into bags ready for pick up.

There have been many loyal customers of this service since it started, and now two more pick up points have been developed at the Palmerston North Hospital, and Tararua College in Pahiatua.

The hub uses the Foodtogether website, where users can pay online for either a $12 or $20 bag full of fresh fruit and vegetables. This price is generally cheaper than supermarket prices by approximately a third. There is also an option to gift a bag, which goes to a family in need.

Sharon Vera, Public Health Services Team Leader said: “Most New Zealanders would improve their health by eating more vegetables; this programme succeeds in getting more vegetables into our diets. It also makes this more achievable for people on a low income. Hopefully by doing this, we will help reduce further demand on health services in the future.”

If you would like to use the Vege Hub, visit the Foodtogether website to place an order.  Vegetables are ready to pick up every Thursday.

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