Sharing Produce in our Community
Mansfield Fresh Food Drive
The Mansfield Food Drive is a RESPOND initiative that engages home fruit & vegetable growers in our community to donate excess produce which is then packaged and provided to families in need.
So, how does it work?
We engage with home fruit & vegetable growers in our community who often find themselves with an excess of produce come harvest time.
We invite local growers in our community to donate their excess produce; as much or as little as they may have.
Our local volunteers will accept the produce from growers and sort it to present to families.
Local Families attend to collect produce at no cost to them. Our volunteers are there to provide assistance and answer any questions the families may have.
Would you like to be involved?
Would you like to be involved with the Mansfield Fresh Food Drive?
+ Produce donations / collections occur on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month between 8.30am - 10.30am at St John's Church Hall @ 43 Highett St Mansfield.
For volunteering opportunities contact Lucy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get to Know Your Produce
Beetroot is a good source of vitamin C, iron, folate and magnesium. It is also a great source of dietary fibre.
Eggplant is a good source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps your body form red blood cells and maintain brain function.
When eating tomatoes raw or cooked, add a little olive oil to increase absorption of carotenoids, which our bodies convert into Vitamin A. Vitamin A supports immunity and eyesight.
Leeks are a good source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain iron, iron transports oxygen around the body. They are also a good source of fibre which keeps our tummies happy!
Rhubarb is rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins (which give it its red color) and proanthocyanidins. These antioxidants have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.
Silverbeet is a good source of iron, vitamins K, A and C and calcium. It is full of antioxidants and the vitamins within it help to prevent inflammation.
Radishes are a good source of vitamin C, folate and riboflavin (B2). They contain minerals such as calcium, potassium (helps to regulate blood pressure), & manganese (involved in the regulation of brain & nerve function).