Burnie High School

Grant will help Produce to the People

FOOD BASKET:  Produce to the People founder Penelope Dodd has welcomed a $30,000 grant to upgrade facilities.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

A $30,000 grant will provide Produce to the People's Burnie High School farm headquarters with a much-needed upgrade.

The non-profit organisation was one of 47 Australian individuals and organisations to receive funding from AMP's Tomorrow Fund.

Produce to the People had the bulk of its state and federal funding slashed earlier this year.

Organisation founder Penelope Dodd said the grant would be pivotal in enabling the group to grow its free food hub at Burnie High School.

"It's an amount that allows us not only to continue what we're doing but also gives us a chance to develop a business plan to generate our own income,"  Ms Dodd said.

Ms Dodd said the funding would go towards adding "things like a snazzy new fridge, insulation and blinds", to the organisation's headquarters.

She said the group planned to implement a profitable "vegie bag" delivery service in coming months.

AMP director of media and community relations Julia Quinn said the Tomorrow Fund gave a helping hand to Australians doing great things in their community.  "We don't want money to be an obstacle for talented people who have a commitment to something that will make a difference," she said.

Story courtesy of The Advocate.