Love Local has some new wheels, a fresh new branded look and also some new faces around the governance table.
Operating in Southland since 2013, the organisation ensures there are no barriers for Southlanders to eat fresh, healthy food, with the set up of a charitable trust.
The trust was created with values of supporting local growers and the promotion of local food systems, as well as making a healthy diet accessible to all Southlanders.
The charity’s operation structure supports local growers and like-minded social enterprises with the purchase of fruit and vegetables from local businesses and charities, such as Wilson’s Produce, Koha Kai and Spirit Army.
It was alignment to these values that attracted Love Local’s two newest trustees, Carla Harper and Kirsty Bell.
Born and raised in Southland, Carla is enthusiastic about the region and is proud to be a new trustee.
“If I can help to play a role in encouraging our community to eat less processed food and have more fruit and vegetables on their plates then we are onto a good thing,” she said.
“What is truly exceptional about our model is we feed those in need; the proceeds from the vegetable bags to support a Healthy Whanau scheme provide those in need with low-cost fruit and vegetables, this is something unique to Love Local and what sets us apart from other fruit and vegetable distributors.”
Kirsty is a proud Southlander who is passionate about what Southland offers her young family. Having been a long-time customer of the Love Local delivery service, when the opportunity arose it was an easy decision to become a trustee and support it through her finance and governance expertise.
With the assistance of the remaining Love Local board members, Murray Heath (Chair), Anne McCracken, Denise Lormans and Louise Duffy the organisation is gearing up for a bright future.
Supported by local funders Community Trust South, ILT Foundation, Lotteries and Bowls Southland the Love Local board had confidence to purchase a new delivery van, and is looking into the viability of adapting its business model to better meet the wishes of their customers.