Pact members (from left) Ross Chirnside and Graeme Russell help FoodShare CEO Deborah Manning and driver Desi Liversage unload food in the Pact apartment kitchen in Dowling St yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Foodshare has fed more people than you have had hot dinners.
FoodShare chief executive Deborah Manning said, in the year
since FoodShare began in 2012, it had rescued and
redistributed 50 tonnes of fresh food - the equivalent of
The charity had been given an empty building on the corner of
Ward and Halsey Sts in Dunedin and was after one-off grants,
or long-term sponsors to ''fit out'' the building with
sorting tables, office space and a walk-in chiller.
A chiller would allow food to be collected every day and be
stored and delivered when organisations opened on a Monday.
The food collected was about 60% of fresh fruit and
vegetables and the rest was bakery, meat and dairy products.
About 20 businesses were giving the food that was close to -
or just past - its best-before date, or close to its use-by
date, Ms Manning said.
The food was then delivered to 16 organisations within 24
Ms Manning said more organisations were on a waiting list and
the charity's focus this year was to expand to ensure food
being dumped was collected.
FoodShare driver Desi Liversage helped collect 500kg of fresh
food yesterday from Countdown, Coupland's Bakery and Wishbone
and distributed it to St Vincent de Paul foodbank, Brockville
Community Church and Pact.
Pact lead facilitator Daniel Cheshire said FoodShare was ''a
big help'' and the fresh produce was made into soups, used in
cooking classes and given to service users in food parcels.