Bulk Buy: Frequently Asked Questions
The first service of the Food Justice program is the Bulk Buy Collective. Those who participate in the collective get access to fresh produce at wholesale prices through shared purchasing power.
Q: Do I have to commit to ordering every month?
A: No commitment is required. We want this program to be as low barrier as possible to our community, meaning you can order from us whenever you need and are able.
Q: Can produce bags be customized?
Unfortunately, at this point we are not able to offer customizable produce bags. We encourage you to give whatever you won’t eat to a friend or neighbor.
Q: What kinds of foods can I expect to see in a Bulk Buy bag?
We currently have 2 options for purchase, the Standard bag and the South Asian-friendly bag. The selection of produce varies from month-to-month.
The Standard bag typically includes a selection of:
- green onions
In addition to many of the items found in the Standard Bag, the South Asian-friendly bag typically includes a selection of:
- red onions
- rapini leaves
Q: Is the bag really worth $15?
Our team has worked hard to get the lowest priced and best quality produce from our wholesaler, and because the Bulk Buy Collective is a non-profit program, we are able to sell the produce bags at cost. You will get a very full bag of produce featuring 9-12 varieties of food. As of November 2023, $15 is a savings of approximately 60-70% based on the same items purchased at a grocery store.
Q: How often does Bulk Buy run?
We currently offer the program on the second Saturday of every month. If the program continues to grow, we’d love to offer it every other week.
Q: I’d love to give back! What volunteer opportunities are available?
A: Our program would not be able to run without the help of our volunteers and is mainly run by you! If you are able-bodied, we ask our Bulk Bulk participants to volunteer in the program to some capacity. We have a few different opportunities for volunteering:
- Packing bags! On the day of Bulk Buy, volunteers come from 10-12 to help divide the produce and pack the bags. Children are also welcome we love to see our littlest volunteers and there is a play area as well.
- Deliveries! We offer delivery for those who are housebound or have limited transportation to pick up bags on the day of Bulk Buy. If you can do a delivery or two, let us know we would love the support!