Coronavirus update

Last updated: 31st March 2020  

Hello Veg Box People community, 

This is the space where we will keep you updated with all the latest related to your Veg Bags in light of the Coronavirus. We know these are difficult times but we are determined to keep supplying you with fresh produce from our small farmers and producers who you’ve helped us support over the years. As long as the farmers keep on farming (and delivering) we plan to carry on getting your veg to you!  

We’ll be sending emails or calling you as needed for any changes to particular collection points, but this is the first place to check for updates. We'll update it regularly if and when things change.

 

Keeping safe - Your veg bags

We’ve been taking extra precautions in our packing and delivery operations over the last couple of weeks to minimise the risk of transmitting the virus. But please remember that all collection points are public spaces, so do bring wipes or hand sanitiser to wash/wipe hands after picking up your bags, as you would when using any other shop. Do not touch your face when out and about, and take notice of hygiene reminders posted at the collection points. If you attend one of our staffed collection points, please keep a 2 metre distance between yourself and people around you. Then please remember to wash your hands before and after you unpack your bags at home. We’ll be quarantining your returned plastic bags for five days between them being returned and repacked to eliminate risk of contamination, and we are temporarily removing swap boxes until the situation changes. As always, remember to wash all fruit and vegetables before use. 

 

Please bear with us

We will always try and get back to you as soon as we can but please be patient if we do not answer your calls or emails immediately – we are also juggling home working, staff absences and the operational challenges that these bring. 

 

Signing up to our veg bags for the first time?

We have had an unprecedented level of demand for our scheme. If you are trying to sign up and no collection points are available in the drop down on the sign-up page, it is because they are temporarily at capacity. Email us at admin@vegboxpeople.org.uk stating your preferred collection point and your post code, and we'll add you to a waiting list. It may take a couple of weeks before we have capacity and we get back to you. Please continue to check this page for full updates on our service. Thanks for your patience.

 

Can’t collect your bag? 

If you have to stay home, you're welcome to send a friend, neighbour or family member to collect your bag for you. We are looking into setting up volunteer help to deliver bags to key workers and people who are isolating, we will keep you updated.

 
Collection Points Information
Please check your collection point below.

 

Bridge 5 Mill, Ancoats: Tuesday 11-5pm ONLY

Open as usual this week. No changes planned. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. Hand washing facilities in building.

 

Ancoats Coffee, Ancoats: MOVED to Bridge 5 Mill

UPDATED 27th March all Ancoats customers have been moved to Bridge 5 Mill collection point for the foreseeable. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

University of Manchester, University Place: CLOSED

Closed. We have/are in the process of contacting all customers to choose alternative existing collection points, either via phone or email

 

Owens Park, Fallowfield: CLOSED

Closed. We have/are in the process of contacting all customers to choose alternative existing collection points, either via phone or email

 

National Cycling Centre: CLOSED

Closed. We have/are in the process of contacting all customers to choose alternative existing collection points, either via phone or email

 

Ice Shack, Withington: Tuesday 5pm-8pm

Open as usual as a collection point, but Ice Shack is closed to the public. Please be patient if queuing outside. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

Off the Wheaten Track: CLOSED

Closed. We have/are in the process of contacting all customers to choose alternative existing collection points, either via phone or email

 

Woodbank Park Nursery, Stockport: Thursday 10am-6pm

Open as usual, times may reduce. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

St. Wilfreds Enterprise Centre: CLOSED

Closed. We have/are in the process of contacting all customers to choose alternative existing collection points, either via phone or email

 

Coffee Cranks Cafe, Whalley Range: Tuesday 1-2.30pm ONLY

Open for a limited time for collection, closed to the public, operating from hatch. No changes expected this week. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

CastlefieldTuesday 3-4.30pm ONLY

The van will be set up outside TRAIN Crossfit Manchester on Tuesdays 3-4.30pm for the foreseeable. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

Hulme Community Garden Centre, Hulme: Thursday 12.30-2pm

UPDATE 2nd April​: Aim to pick up at 12.30 and 2pm this week, still collect your bag between 11.30 and 5pm if you aren't able to fit this time slot. 

Collect from the rear gate off Rolls Crescent. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

Manchester Met University, All Saints Park: Thursday 12-2.30pm

Open as usual, no changes planned. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

The Vegetarian Society, Altrincham: Thursday 12-5pm

Open as usual, no changes expected this week. Collect bags from outdoor containers. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

Healthy Spirit, Didsbury: Thursday 2-5pm and additional collection on Tuesday 2-5pm

Open as usual, no changes expected this week. Please be patient if queuing outside. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

The Old Garages, Wilmslow: Thursday 1-5.30pm

Open as usual, no changes planned. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

The Button Warehouse, Macclesfield: Thursday 1-8pm

Open as usual, no changes planned. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

Grindsmith, Media City: MOVED Thursday 3-4.30pm

The van will be set up in City of Trees, Kansas Avenue, car park on Thursday 3-4.30pm for the foreseeable. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible. 

 

First Street, Manchester City Centre: Thursday 4.30-6.30pm

Open as usual, no changes expected this week. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible.  

 

Substation Climbing, Macclesfield: CLOSED

Closed. We have/are in the process of contacting all customers to choose alternative existing collection points, either via phone or email.

 

Old Bank Residency, Noma: CLOSED

Closed. We have contacted all customers to choose alternative existing collection points, either via phone or email.

 

Additional new collection points

The Old Abbey Taphouse: Tuesday 4-7pm

The Old Abbey are letting us use their outdoor space to store and collect veg bags, from this week onwards. Please help us all keep safe by maintaining clean hands, and keeping a 2 metre distance from other people as far as possible.