Sorry for the delay in updates, it's been a crazy couple of months.
We are excited to announce that the bus is 90% completed and will be finished by the end of next week! All other operational aspects of the business are good to go and we are expecting to hit the streets JULY 8th!! We have some awesome locations across the city and have established great partnerships with health and wellness groups in our target communities. With our unique model, we will be pricing our products 20% lower than average grocery stores throughout the city! One hospital is even helping to subsidize our prices an additional 20% lower in their locations!
We've been able to use the money we've raised very effectively. Sherwin Williams was generous enough to donate all of the paint and Maaco painted the bus for FREE! Our retrofitters, Boston Restoration Services, Fast Track Fabrication, and Red Door Builders, donated 100% of the labor! It looks great! Huge props to Igor for the design!
We have attached pics of the bus. The interior picture is when it was about 60% through, so there will be more pics to follow.
In other news, Josh and I were lucky enough to be invited to speak at TEDxBoston (www.tedxboston.org) this week, where we gave a talk surrounding the grassroots approach we are taking to bring affordable, healthy foods to communities lacking access. The video should be available sometime next week, and I will send a link across when it is posted. Kickstarter supporters got a big shout out!!
We presented at our alma mater's fundraising event, Northeastern University's Empower, and they built an awesome replica of the bus (picture below).
Two of Josh's close friends from college are biking cross country in support of Fresh Truck, staying with local farms along the entire journey. You can follow their journey and campaign through their blog and Twitter (@FreshTruckBikes). All info on their adventure is at the bottom of our home page: www.thefreshtruck.org
As for the Kickstarter rewards for different donations:
- Tote bags: We have the tote bags made and will be sending out a survey to collect everyone's address that donated at that level. However, in efforts to save money shipping them, we will be carrying the tote bags on the bus itself and at our launch event. So if you live close by, come say hello so we can thank you in person and give you the tote bag then! If not, we will ship it out asap.
- Launch Party: The launch party is coming, but we have not secured a date yet. It will most likely be end of July, early August. We will be sure to give everyone time to plan and we look forward to meeting everyone there. It's gonna be wicked fun!
- Gala Dinner - We hosted a beautiful event at Technique in Cambridge for all of our $1,500 and more donors. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone that could make it! The night was a blast!
I know that was a lot, I will start trying to update more often haha. I really look forward to seeing everyone while we are out in the city and at the launch party!! The whole team in ridiculously excited and NONE of this would have been possible without your positivity and support. Thank you for the love and helping our dream come to FRUITion!