Providing wholesome foods for our local community
BEAM Mitchell Environment Group, together with the food eXchange offers a bulk food scheme to residents of the Mitchell Shire and surrounds. The Bulk Food Scheme will obtain local, Australian, organic (including bio-dynamic) and ethically produced foods at an affordable cost.
This scheme is open to everyone in our community. Although not compulsory we do encourage participants to join BEAM as members. All BEAM Members are welcome to place an order but if you’re not a member you only need to complete a simple form.
*Online ordering now available!*
We have been busy finishing our new BEAM Bulk Foods Scheme Online Store, including testing the ordering system and updating the catalogue. To access the store will first need to become a site member of the food eXchange, which is a one off request. You sign in by going to www.exchangefood.org/shop. You will be asked to provide your email address and a password.
BFS members will now need to place their own individual order online and pay for their items via direct deposit to BEAM. If you are part of a Pod you will need to invite all your POD participants to become site members as well by forwarding this email. You will be given your own Pod Code at checkout to access the discount. There will be a combined pod order sheet created which can be provided to the pod administrator to know who is involved.
Prices will initially appear higher as there is no longer a levy or freight to add at the end. They have been incorporated into the item price. There will however be a discount at checkout, depending on whether you’re a Divvy Day Helper (10%) or part of a Pod (15%). Those who don’t help won’t receive a discount.
Please bear with us during the initial trial period to see how things work, there could be a few hiccups which we can’t predict until we make a start. We might have to refine the pricing too. If you notice anomalies please let us know. If you have any queries or have know of others who should be informed of this change please get in touch. Orders will close on 23 October and the next divvy up day will be held on 13 November 2019.
Responsibilities of participants
Our administrator is paid an honorarium to collate orders, liaise with suppliers and coordinate delivery of our goods. To meet the aims of the BBFS, we rely on participants getting involved where they can, and taking responsibility for:
- Ensuring orders are submitted by the due date
- Assisting with dividing up of orders on collection day, or assisting with other tasks such as delivery of goods to friends or neighbours
- Ensuring that suitable storage containers are available for your order, and delivered prior to dividing up day if you can’t be there yourself.
Please note that we are aiming to avoid the use of single use plastic bags when packing orders. We ask that you invest in good quality storage containers in a variety of sizes that can be re-used indefinitely.
If you do not provide storage containers prior to collection day, we will charge an additional $10 packing fee.
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Because we focus on local, seasonal food, not all products will be available for each order period. Please ensure you are using the current order form when placing your order.