The gift of fresh produce for Coasties in need

Box 4 a Buck is a community based initiative launched in April 2019 by Tuggerah based business Farm Fresh 2U. The concept was created with love and is simple. Together with the help of their generous clients they deliver complimentary fresh produce boxes each week to families on the Coast struggling financially or in need due to health reasons, loss of employment or just doing it tough. 

“We first realised we were in a position to do something when we heard stories from our customers that children and their families were skipping meals and struggling to afford fresh food,” said Russell Clarke, Director. “We came up with the initiative which combines our resources with small voluntary donations from customers to support Coasties who are down on their luck and need a boost. Recipients of each box are either nominated by our customers, the Central Coast community or a charitable organisation.” 

In 2019 the small family business donated over 100 boxes with their current total for this year sitting at 64 boxes. “We’re committed to ‘Box 4 A Buck’ and our customers have been massive supporters because we all know that helping those in need benefits everyone on the Coast. It’s the right thing to do,” said Russell.

Due to the voluntary nature of the initiative there’s no pressure on their customers. “When a client submits their online order for fresh Australian grown produce we source directly from the markets, if they’re able to contribute a few extra dollars to their order as a ‘donation’ then they do. Each week the donations grow which then allows us to offer the complimentary boxes.”

Farm Fresh 2U would love to ‘reach’ even more Coasties and delivery more boxes of fresh produce to families that need it most, especially in these difficult Covid times. If you have a family in mind that you would like to nominate, please reach out to them. All nominations will be treated confidentially. They can be contacted via email: orders@farmfresh2u.com.au

Thanks to Box 4 a Buck, Russell and his team have also partnered with local charitable group Coast Hands by supplying hand held fruits to feed the homeless here on the Coast.  This has now extended to providing fresh vegetables to assist with cooked meals weekly for those most vulnerable. “Many hands make light work and it’s great to see that the community spirit is alive and well here on the Central Coast,” said Russell.

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