Bulk Food Scheme

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 costYou can download our Bulk Foods Flyer here.

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.

The October 2018 order form is now available to download! For further information or to place an order, please contact Cynthia Lim by email or phone 0403 831 520.

The AIMS of the BBFS are to:

  • Obtain better quality food direct from wholesalers and producers, thereby reducing ‘food miles’
  • Reduce single use plastic packaging and waste
  • Contribute to community resilience by building local food security
  • Reduce reliance on the big supermarkets
  • Meet other like-minded people and share knowledge about local foods, markets, recipes and other food-related activities

** 2018 Key Dates & Changes **

We are introducing some minor changes in 2018, to improve the product ordering process and ensure the sustainability of the BBFS:

  • A 50% deposit will be collected at the time of ordering to ensure we have enough cash flow to pay our suppliers
  • New freight charges will be introduced to reflect the additional costs associated with large pod orders- these are outlined on the order form
2018 BBFS Key Dates Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
ORDERS OPEN 14 February 13 June 19 September
ORDERS CLOSE 28 February 27 June 3 October
DIVIDE UP/PICK UP DAY 15 March 19 July 24 October

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.

More information about how the BEAM bulk food scheme works and how to place your order can be found here.

Find the idea of buying in bulk a bit daunting? Then check out our tips here.

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.

For regular updates, recipes and information about suppliers, please like and follow the BBFS Facebook page!

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