Social Responsibility

Veg Box People arrive in Fallowfield and George Kenyon Hall

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:12:00 GMT

Meet Ellie, a third year Geography student and former Oak House resident. Thanks to the Manchester Graduate Internship Programme scheme, this summer she has been working for Veg Box People; a fresh, local and organic veg box scheme which has been in partnership with the University of Manchester since summer 2015.

Since 2015, Veg Box People customers have bought over £40k worth of lovely organic veg! This is over 15 tonnes of organic veg and means that Veg Box People customers have eaten:

  • 150 kg of luscious local salad leaves - grown just 3 miles from the University of Manchester
  • 2.6 tonnes of spuds - that’s heavier than an adult Giraffe!
  • 350 kg of tomatoes and 450 kg of squash!

All of this has helped to support the livelihoods of 7 local growers as well as 37 growers from further afield and employed 2 full-time Veg Box People workers.

Ellie says “I’ve been on the Veg Box People stall and collection point behind Uni Place on the University campus every Tuesday for 8 weeks over the summer. For me, working for Veg Box People has been an amazing experience. What’s not to love about getting quality produce and supporting a more sustainable food system”

To sign up for a veg bag visit and sign up now to support local growers and start chomping your way through more delicious local, organic veg! Veg bags can be collected on Tuesdays 12-5.30pm outside George Kenyon Hall (Greenhouse Cafe) or from Source café Tuesdays until 8pm or on Wednesday’s 8am-noon in the shop at University Place.

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