The Mayor and Mayoress of Swindon, Cllr Mike Bawden and Mrs Joyce Bawden, have launched a local fruit and vegetable home delivery box scheme for Swindon.
The very first box was delivered to The Mayor at The Prospect Hospice from G&S Fruit Supplies Ltd, on behalf of Gary Faulkner, the Hotel Catering Manager for Sodexho Healthcare and Maggie Gill, Prospect Hospice?s Community Fundraiser.
The home delivery box scheme will initially be trialled in Swindon and the surrounding villages. G&S Fruit Supplies Ltd, a local seasonal fruit and vegetable wholesaler, promises that each box will contain huge range of high quality fruit, vegetables and salads at wholesale prices.
The company, which has decades of experience in fruit and vegetable wholesale, will source as much as possible of the produce in its box from farmers and growers in the Swindon area. In this way, the firm will minimise ?food miles? and retain freshness.
The G&S Fruit Supplies Ltd home delivery box can be ordered online via: www.gsfruits.co.uk/box or by calling the company?s order line on 01380 860968.
Boxes will be delivered straight to the door, using the company?s distinctive fleet of delivery vehicles for guaranteed freshness.
There is a choice of three sizes:
Medium Seasonal Box ? ideal for couples and smaller families will cost ?11
Large Family Box ? enough fruit, vegetables and salads for a family of four will cost ?15
Big Value Family Box ? for bigger families, particularly those who want five portions a day will cost ?19
Alan Grace, Managing Director of G&S Fruit Supplies Ltd, said, ?the bulk of the produce in our boxes will be grown locally. The scheme is an opportunity for local residents in the Swindon area to select local seasonal produce at wholesale prices, make their order online, or over the phone, and have it delivered straight to their door.
?The idea of box delivery isn?t new to us. We have been supplying high quality fruit, vegetables and salads to the catering trade in the Swindon area for years. We are simply extending the offer to home users ? Swindon residents and villagers.?
“People in Swindon and the surrounding area have told us they want us to make it easier for them to choose high quality, local fruit and vegetables. We believe there is a strong demand for this service. Our scheme offers our customers the convenience of fresh, seasonal fruits, salads and vegetables delivered straight to their door.
“The G&S Fruit Supplies Ltd Box scheme will enable us to use our knowledge, professionalism and delivery network to take affordable high quality locally produced seasonal food. It is good for the health, and reduces ?food miles? to a minimum. The scheme is particularly appropriate for elderly people who have difficulty getting out of the house, disabled people and those living in isolated rural parts of the Borough, where public transport is poor.
The contents of each box is expected to change regularly. A typical Big Value Family Box in November might include Potatoes, Onions, Parsnips, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Swede, Carrots, Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Cress, Beetroot, Peppers, Radishes, Bananas, Apples, Pears, Oranges and Grapes.
Maggie Gill, from The Prospect Hospice, said the Hospice was delighted to be involved: ?At Prospect Hospice we know that the diagnosis of a life threatening illness is a distressing time for both the patient and their family.
“That?s why we have developed a range of services which aim to provide specialist care and support whenever and wherever it is needed. We also understand the importance of a well balanced diet, something which is integral to the menus provided by the catering team at Prospect Hospice in the tasty, nourishing food provided to patients.?
?We are thrilled to be supported by the launch of the G&S Fruits Box Scheme, and our chefs will put this great gift of a bumper home delivery box of fruit and vegetables to excellent use.?
Photo above at the launch features, from left to right) Tony Clemence (New Business Development Manager of G&S Fruit Supplies Ltd); Cllr Mike Bawden (Mayor of Swindon); Maggie Gill (Community Fundraiser at Prospect Hospice); Gary Faulkner (the Hotel Catering Manager for Sodexho Healthcare); Mrs Joyce Bawden (Mayoress of Swindon), and; Ken Mortimer (Director of G&S Fruit Supplies Ltd).