Community partnership helps gleaners

Growing community partnerships between Okanagan Fruit Tree Project and OGO Car Share Co-op

A growing community partnership between the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project and OGO Car Share Co-op is benefiting area residents who need a hand up.

The OGO truck was loaned to the tree fruit project, enabling its members to pick and deliver more than twice the amount of apples they could than if they were only using their usual vehicles making a significant contribution to redistributing produce that would otherwise go to waste.”

“We saw the collaboration between the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project and OGO as a natural fit and we are very excited to be a part of this wonderful initiative in our community” said Christian Brandt – Executive Director of OGO.

“This partnership was made possible through a grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation that enabled OGO to provide the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project with a co-op membership in the carshare. Providing access to a truck, the FTP was able to pick and deliver more fruits and vegetables to less fortunate people in our community”.

The Central Okanagan Foundation was delighted to support the collaboration between Okanagan Fruit Tree Project and the Okanagan Car Share Co-op because it addressed several issues including food security, environment, getting people connected to their community and, we recognized the strong volunteer involvemen, said Cheryl Miller, Director of Grants & Community Initiatives.

This partnership also enabled the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project to avoid purchasing a truck themselves. The OGO truck helped them with their picks and they only paid for accessing the truck when needed without the associated costs around car ownership, helping Okangan Fruit Tree Project to reduce their transportation costs and have more disposable funding available to be put towards other important operating costs.

Brandt points out that OGO wanted to highlight this unique partnership and put together a video clip highlighting the OFTP and OGO and how those two organizations were able to create more positive impact in the community.

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