Leading horticultural company Costa has once again thrown its support behind the community organisation Produce to the People, with $10,000 in funding for operations during 2019.
Costa has had an ongoing relationship with Produce to the People since 2016 and has now also resumed fruit donations, following the announcement that Northern Tasmania is free of fruit fly.
Produce to the People is a social enterprise that grows, gathers and gives fresh produce to those in need. In the last financial year, the organisation gave almost 77,000 kilos of produce to the North-West community.
Produce to the People President Dr Amina Keygan said Costa’s ongoing support for the organisation was greatly appreciated. “Produce to the People is so grateful for both the continuing financial support and food donations from Costa, which go a long way to helping ensure the most vulnerable people in our community get the support they need and deserve,” Dr Keygan said. “The resumption of fruit donations to the emergency food relief program following the fruit fly issue is especially welcome in that we are able to offer more variety to those accessing our services.”
Cameron Folder, regional manager for Costa’s Tasmania berry farms, said he was pleased to continue support for Produce to the People, which provided such a valuable service to the Burnie community and surrounds.
“Costa Berries plays an active role in supporting the social fabric of the many regional and rural communities in which we operate. We look forward to continuing to support the work of Produce to the People in providing those in need with access to fresh and healthy produce,” Mr Folder said.