Dart Fresh launch ‘Dart Essential Fresh Produce Box’ Gifting Scheme to the Elderly and Vulnerable Families Facing Food Poverty – working with Exeter Food Action.

The Pritchard family at Dart Fresh are delighted to announce that they have launched a Food Box gifting scheme to help those most in need at this difficult time.  The Exeter-based fresh produce supplier has set-up a scheme where customers can ‘pay forward’ Dart Essential Fresh Produce Boxes to be distributed and delivered free of charge to those who need them most.

Dart Fresh have created the Family Support Box, priced at £25, containing potatoes, swedes, onions, kale, jacket potatoes, carrots, savoy cabbage, greens, mushrooms, pepper, broccoli, parsnips, apples, satsumas, bananas, pears, plums, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot.

They have also released The Dart Family Support Essential Box, priced at £29, contains minced beef, sausages, chicken breasts, diced beef, bacon, eggs, bread, baked beans, local cheese. 

Dart Fresh have been so impressed by the number of people willing to help others in supporting the campaign so far and are very happy to be able to help those in need at this difficult time through the generosity of regular customers and local businesses in donating the boxes.

Dart Fresh Produce will deliver the ‘Paid Forward’ Essential Fresh Produce box free of charge to the elderly and vulnerable families facing food poverty as directed by food redistribution organisations such as Exeter Food Action and community outreach teams across Devon.

Elizabeth Butland, Coordinator of Exeter Food Action said

“Colleagues from Exeter Food Action and I are in touch with the 40+ groups that are working right now to support local communities across Devon and help provide essential food and provisions to residents in need.  Between us, we can help to make sure these really useful boxes of fresh produce from Dart Fresh reach the families, the vulnerable and the elderly that need them the most and help to keep people going at this difficult time.”

Many vulnerable people continue to struggle to get delivery slots with supermarket home delivery services.  Dart Fresh’s supply chain remains unaffected, enabling swift doorstep delivery, getting vital supplies to those who need them most.

John Pritchard, Director at Dart Fresh Produce said

“Since we launched our purpose-built website to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen an unprecedented number of customers requesting free home delivery due to being in isolation. We have decided to introduce this gifting scheme to help the elderly and vulnerable families in isolation, as well as those who are struggling to make ends meet or secure an online food delivery in this desperate situation. We have been overwhelmed with offers of support received so far and thank all of those who have donated vital supplies to those who need them most.”

Dart Fresh Produce are appealing to those who can comfortably afford it, to purchase ‘paid-forward’ Dart Essentials Fresh Produce Boxes online to be gifted and distributed by its fleet of refrigerated delivery vans through contactless delivery across Devon to those in vulnerable groups who need a helping hand at this difficult time.

A home delivery customer has kindly donated towards Dart Essential Fresh Produce Boxes that have already been distributed to families who need them. He said

“It is great to be part of this. It is good to have this very practical way to help others. Thank you Dart Fresh for making it happen”.

To help Dart Fresh to help the elderly and vulnerable families in the community simply click on the link below:


Dart Fresh continue to offer free delivery to customers across Devon, Somerset and Dorset and offer a completely contactless transaction.

A  purpose-built website has been developed exclusively to manage the surge of orders during the Covid-19 pandemic to cope with unprecedented demand for efficient contactless delivery now the country is in lockdown for a third time.

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