We have already earlier this year been sending a word about the establishing of new distribution points, in the hope that this can be a meaningful step also in the raising of our foodbag orders. This was sent to you before summer, which is most probably not the easiest time to think of the start up of new distribution points. Therefore, we want to resend this message to you, thinking that the onset of 2022 could be a better time to start with possibly a couple of new distribution points. It would be wonderful if you feel you can be onboard of this one! This would certainly be a valuable talkoot/co-working contribution.
The main aim is to increase the amount of Oma maa foodbag orders. The idea is to make the food bag more accessible to new and non-ordering members who are interested in the foodbags, but who find it impossible to pick up their bag from the current pick-up locations in Helsinki (Kaarlenkatu), Tuusula or Järvenpää. In addition, it is of course great if any new distribution points can come to benefit already ordering members!
We therefore want to ask if you would be interested in working on the establishing of a new distribution point, with our help of course.
In that case, please read through the following and see how it applies to you:
- You live in an area that is not very close to an existing distribution point – outside of Kallio at least, in the case of Helsinki.
- You are willing to spread the word about Oma mas food bags in your area – materials will be provided to you and you can also collaborate on working on those!
- You think that we could increase the number of orders with at least 5 additional orders for the new distribution point. We then open up this distribution point also to your existing orderers as the total about of of the people using this new pickup point would optimally be 10-15 bags. New members can as usual start as try-out members for 3 months.
- In addition, it would be good that the new distribution points are easily accessible, for instance close to a train station. In this way members who don’t live in the immediate neighborhood, can also easily make use of the new distribution points.
- You think that one of the offered models (explained below) for a distribution point could work in your area and you are willing to make the effort of establishing it (or perhaps after reading this you might have another suggestion!
It would be great to also have pairs signing up, because together it surely is easier to plan and make the distribution point happen! After we find you who are interested, we’ll also do some pairing, if possible.
Distribution point models
Option 1. Home distribution
Around 10 food bags are driven to a members’ home (or picked up from Kaarlenkatu), from which distribution happens for a fixed time.
What does this require from you?
This option means that you are willing to organize the distribution of the bags at your home. The commitment to do this would be for one season after which you can decide if you want to continue. This can be done with another member who lives close so that you can alternate in organizing the satojako. In the case of this option, there could be a pick up only once a week to make it easier.
In this manner, you can get your own bag delivered to your home. Or alternatively, you are available to pick up all the bags from Kaarlenkatu, against km korvaus.
What to do when people dont come to fetch their bag? Are you willing to hand out the bags still the next day, at an agreed time? Or can the non perishable items of any unpicked bags be stored at your place until next week’s pick up day?
Or would you want people to notify you a day in advance, so that the bag is not coming to your home, but instead can be picked from Kaarlenkatu on the next pick up day?
Clear rules can and should be made, so that responsibilities are shared in a clear manner between you and the member picking up their bag.
It is always good to have a backup member who could sometimes organize the pickup at their home, in case of vacation or another situation of absence. Or, it would also be possible to organise an Option 2 (see straight below) in front of your home, when for some reason you are not able to organize the satojako at your home.
Option 2. Distribution straight from Oma Maa’s van, in a designated place
The Coop car drives to a distribution point and does satojako for like half an hour on a particular outdoors spot (for instance a parking lot, in front of a library) and members pick the bags within 30 mins.
What does this require from you?
In this option you would need to check for a suitable place where the car can be parked for 30 mins and where people can easily come. Ideally, you would yourself also be present during the distribution time.
What to do when people do not fetch their bags?
Perhaps best would be to agree that non fetched bags are to be picked from Kaarlenkatu on the next bagday. Ideally people notify in advance, and simply know that if they can not pick from the distribution point on that given time, they can collect the bag from Kaarlenkatu during the next pick up day.
Maybe you would be interested to drive the coop car for 1 or 2 hours on some pick up days and take care of foodbag drop off points (for example a couple of option 1’s + an option 2) ? Let us know if this is the case.
Option 3. Pick up is organized at a local café or similar small business
The Coop car drives to a designated place and you will be helping to carry the bags in a local cafe/bakery/restaurant/other small business with kitchen facilities.
What does this require from you?
Check for suitable cafes in the neighborhood and contact the people in charge. What needs to be checked is whether they have space to store the food bags 1 or 2 times a week for a few hours at a time, in line with their opening hours. One option is to have the list of names there and everyone would just tick their name so no need for anyone to stay for the whole time.
If there are unpicked bags, could they stay in the café until the next pickup time? We could offer the café a food bag in return and they get potential customers in our members. We can also give the unpicked bags to the cafe. Maybe they also want to support our cause.
Any new distribution point put in place, should be seen as a pilot exercise for us. For sure it will bring up the need for changes etc. At the same time, we should try to figure out things as thoroughly as possible before we start with any new distribution point, so that new ordering members will not be disappointed by the experience.
If you are wanting to propose and organise a new distribution point as described in the above – welcome to get in touch by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org! Thank you!!