Downie Stewart Lawyers partner Pieter Brits helps prepare food as part of a FoodShare initiative to provide pre-cooked meals to people who need them. The meals prepared by Downie Stewart staff on Monday were to be frozen and available to the family members of babies in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Dunedin Hospital. Photo by Dan Hutchinson.
Families of newborn babies in Dunedin Hospital's neo-natal
intensive care unit are the first to benefit from a new
charitable activity that combines corporate team building
FoodShare has been ''rescuing'' food that is nearly expired
from supermarkets, restaurants and other shops in Dunedin and
is now using some of that food to provide pre-cooked meals
for people who need them.
FoodShare Cooking For a Cause co-ordinator Jude Baker said
Downie Stewart Lawyers was the first business to undertake a
mass cooking session at the Otago Polytechnic School of
She said about 180 portions, including mains and desserts,
were being prepared and would be frozen and available to
parents who were often reluctant to leave their sick babies
to go and eat.
All of the food had been sourced free of charge through
FoodShare's supporters and businesses provide sponsorship and
staff time to get the meals prepared.
Downie Stewart Lawyers partner Pieter Brits said FoodShare
was a ''great cause'' and meeting a need in the community.
He said it was a great team-building exercise and they got to
''feel good'' about doing something in their community. Mrs
Baker said professional chefs would be supervising all the
FoodShare founder and CEO Deborah Manning said cooking
together and making a difference was a fantastic way of
getting to know people and a great way to bond with
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