VU Foodbox (Not available anymore. Replaced by 'New VU Foodbox')

VU Foodbox (Not available anymore. Replaced by 'New VU Foodbox')

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The VU Foodbox is an exclusive offer for all students and staff of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), in combination with the Green Office VU. 
This box is part of the products that we create with the Farmed Today FOOD-LAB.
You can Choose between Rescued or Local Foods as well as between two different sizes!
The box is only available for pick-up on Tuesday between 17:00-18:00 at the Green Office at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
The Local Fruits and Vegetables have been grown under sustainable, transparent and natural conditions and are sourced as local as possible.
However, unfortunately 30% of all food in Europe is being wasted due to it having the wrong form, shape or colour. NOW you can get access to these and use them for consumption.
The Circular selection entails fruits and vegetables that have been saved from ending up in the wrong place.
Choose between small (2kg) and regular (3kg).
Please find below the most frequently asked questions and choose between the options above!
The content of the circular box is based on availability and currently entails a mix of:
  • Apples, Pears, Bananas, Melon/ Pineapple
  • Potatoe, Beetroot,
  • Onion, Spring Onion, Brussel Sprouts
  • Paprika, Aubergine
  • Zucchini, Carrots
The content of the local box is based on seasonality and currently entails a mix of:
  • Apples, Pears
  • Potatoe, Beetroot, Parsnip
  • Onion, Spring Onion, Carrots
  • Paprika, Aubergine
  • Kohlrabi, Celery 
  • + 1 Special Vegetable/ Fruit of the Week

1. How is the Box delivered?
We aim for a sustainable delivery method for our food boxes. In the Amsterdam area, we deliver only with 100% electric vehicles. 
For deliveries throughout the Netherlands, we focus on delivering as much as possible with electric vans; depending on the available vehicles and delivery location this is not 100% possible yet. 

 2. When is the box delivered?
The box is only available for pick-up at the Green Office VU, every Tuesday between 17:00-18:00.
Order before Friday afternoon 16:00 in order to receive your delivery the following Week.

3. What about the packaging of the box?
We do not use any plastic for our packaging. Currently, we still package the fruits & vegetables in non-reusable carton boxes. This allows us to guarantee Food Safety. We are working on implementing a solution that allows us to deliver the items in a reusable box, which can be exchanged during every delivery.  

4. Are the products in the Circular box organic?
No - with the Circular Food Box, our current goal is to reduce global food waste, no matter if it is organic or non- organic food waste. For our organic produce lovers, we have created a different box variety: The local box- a box with fruits and vegetables from local Dutch farms. 

5. Where are the products in the circular box sourced from?
We source our products from the Food Center Amsterdam, local Dutch farms and Instock Amsterdam. The Food Center Amsterdam receives its produce from the entire globe and Instock Amsterdam receive its produce from Albert Heijn.

6. Why is the circular box not 100% only rescued fruits & vegetables yet? 
We don't always have a full variety of rescued fruits & vegetables available, as it depends on what we receive on each given day. In order to guarantee a consistent variety of different fruits and vegetables, we might also add non- rescued produce to the box. Our goal is however, to have a 100% only rescued fruits & vegetable box as soon as possible.

7. Are the products in the local box 100% organic?
No - 'organic' is just a label which farmers often have to pay a lot of money for and which sometimes actually creates more problems in the food system than it solves. All of the products in this box however are grown under conditions that are comparable to organic and sometimes even exceed the quality of regular organic products. 

8. Where are the products in the local box sourced from?
We source our products from local, small-scale Dutch and Western-European farms, such as A.G.F. Direct and the Lindenhoff Farm. The products are all grown under transparent and natural conditions with the most sustainable practices in mind and are sourced as local as possible.