coming October 2019...
The Otara Village Social Supermarket & Kai Hub" final name still to be decided" is about enabling families experiencing food insecurity in South Auckland to have dignified access to affordable nutritious food in their neighbourhood and to ensure that no good food goes to waste. It also recognizes that the 'Social' is a vital part of the change process and that food is a powerful connector and catalyst to expanding wider social, econcomic and cultural opportunities for individuals, families and communities. This not-for-profit model will re-distribute surplus food and goods, which works with retailers and manufacturers to tackle their surpluses sustainably and securely. It will also sell on residual products, such as those with damaged packaging or incorrect labelling & locally grown produce. All of this will happen in relationship to the on site community garden. All profits will go directly back into sustaining the hub, creating employment and supporting local community initiatives that contribute to seeing our local people thrive. We are finding ways to work with our communities especially in South Akl, in an attempt to alleviate "Food Insecurity", which is mainly afflicted on the communities by the systems that wrap around them. We work to try and minimise inequity, by optimising existing resources and create better distribution systems, so the wider community is benefited.
PRINCIPALS DRIVING THIS VENTURE
* Providing quality healthy 'must have' items of food at an affordable price to enable a health & well-being promoting environment.
* Model and communicate environmentally sustainable practices through a zero waste kaupapa and carbon emission reduction and other environmental initiatives.
* Promote Maori and Pasifika food choices and culture to highlight South Auckland's point of difference.
* Evolve financially viable, co-operative community enterprise that is sustainable and provides a platform for increasing whanau-led and social enterprise development.
* Maximise positive community impact through collaboration.
* Co-create, learn and evolve to develop a replicable model.
OTARA RESIDENT INSIGHTS
We are part of the Thriving Otara Collective. Thriving Otara is a movement developed to amplify our Otara voices. It is a group of people that recognise that each of us has a role to play in supporting a thriving Otara. But to understand what we can do, we need to agree on what the issues are. In 2018, 1003 of our community spoke and identified the issues they were concerned with. Highlights from the survey showed what they viewed as being of top concern:
The top 3 priorities were Housing, Health & Safety. The Village Food Hub & Social Supermarket aims to support finding solutions for priority 2: HEALTH.
We are excited to be working alongside the Otara Town Centre management to turn one of the open spaces into an urban community garden that will also house our new health kai community hub. We aim to see this space activated more regularly and to provide access for our local residents to good, healthy and affordable kai, work training opportunities, learning workshops and that also serves as a place that helps to lift the mental health of our community. This compliments perfectly with the surrounding buildings that house a gym, medical centre and connects to the main Otara bus station.
OUR WISH LIST
As you can imagine there are a few start up costs associated to getting this project off the ground. We are doing well so far but any help is appreciated to source the following free or at a discounted prices.
- Raised Garden Beds on Wheels
- POS system
- Solar Panels
- Commercial fridge and freezers
- Commercial Coffee Machine
Coming soon... KAI NATION APP
KAI NATION connects neighbours with each other and with local cafes, shops, marae's and more so that surplus food and other items can be shared & not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown fruit/vegetables, bread from your bakery/supermarket, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. To share an item available, simply open the app, add a photo, description, and when and where the item is available for pick-up. To access items, simply browse the listings, filter by where you live, request whatever you like and arrange a pick-up via pm. The APP also provides a directory that consolidates all offerings relating to food including food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, Cheap eats, Community gardens, Fish heads & frames, free food stores and more. If you love kai, hate waste, care about the environment and want to connect with your community, KAI NATION is for you.
If you want to be informed once we go live register here.