Share the harvest
Since our formation in 2010, CERES Fair Food has grown into a thriving online ethical grocery.
As a social enterprise delivering organic fruit and veg, we:
- Employ over 60 staff from 15 countries of origin, including many from refugee and migrant backgrounds
- Directly support regenerative farmers and ethical grocery makers, and
- Give 100% of our profits back to CERES, to help us all fall in love with the earth again
We see endless opportunities to grow our impact for a positive future, supporting our community beyond organic fruit and veg delivery.
Below you’ll find some of our most recent actions outside of the veggie box!
CERES – Teaching the next generation of leaders
CERES Fair Food is one of many social enterprises that exist to support the work of CERES, an environmental education centre, urban farm and social enterprise hub on Wurundjeri Country, Melbourne.
100% of our profits are returned to CERES, which was built on the passion and commitment of the local community and is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.
A collective food relief response
During the 2020 lockdown, Open Table worked with partners to provide fresh food relief parcels for people in need. In support, we launched a Pay It Forward Box to help our community get involved.
To date we have contributed over $17,000 directly from these customer donations, purchasing thousands of fresh food parcels for people to cook in their own home, and supporting Open Table’s work in 2021.
Hello Vegetable – a lockdown animation
During the winter of 2020 we invited our local food-loving community, all stuck at home during lockdown, to send in words and images inspired by their fruit and veg.
A bunch of incredible artists then went to town, sharing this celebration as spring emerged. Huge thanks to everyone who participated from their kitchens and gardens!
LIVE from the Packing Floor
Live music streamed direct from the warehouse packing floor? Why not!
We all need the arts, and during hard lockdown it was so wonderful to help keep the music alive by offering our mezzanine as a makeshift venue, be serenaded while we pack groceries, and of course share the music with you at home.
Community led bushfire recovery
Early in 2020 we joined with ORI Co-op to help organic farmers who had been caught in the fires. With $5 from every January home delivery going to the campaign (over $15,000 in total!), the groundswell of support was phenomenal.
Together our community raised an extraordinary $300,000 of cash and donated hay, and volunteers dove in to assist, including teams of willing workers who came to help clean Chris and Christine Watts’ garlic crop.
Supporting musicians with The Boîte
We were so pleased to be able to support The Boîte’s 5×5 program during October 2020, a Sunday concert series that was part of their Adapt, Not Cancel pandemic response.
The Boîte have continued to provide work and artistic opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse artists during lockdown. And these home concerts were an absolute treat to share with our community.