Mayor feeds multitudes beans and bacon

Mother and daughter Heather Brown (left) and Claire Newton shared a midwinter breakfast in the...
Mother and daughter Heather Brown (left) and Claire Newton shared a midwinter breakfast in the Octagon yesterday morning before the food ran out. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Half a sack of porridge was the only thing left to eat at the Mayor's Midwinter Breakfast by 8am yesterday after the largest turnout in its five-year history.

More than 300 plastic plates, 12kg of hash browns, 300 eggs, 18kg of spaghetti and baked beans, and 40kg of sausages and bacon all sold out in 90 minutes.

Dunedin City Council events team leader Marilyn Anderson said it was unexpected but she was delighted with the response from the community.

The event raised more than $1750 for the Mayor's Community Can Help Food Bank Appeal and would be donated to the city's four major food banks.

"This is the fifth one we've done and it's by far the most successful.

''We have more than doubled the amount we made last year.

''Normally we are lucky if we get to $1100.

''This year's tally is a record.

''It's brilliant, absolutely stunning."

For Bill Mattson (78) and Vic Bridgman (63), of Dunedin - who were munching on the last of the bacon and beans - the event was not just about the breakfast.

"The tucker's pretty good, but the scenery was better," Mr Mattson said.

"Vic and I have been coming here every year since it started.

''It's beautiful sitting in the dark watching the sun come up."

Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin was delighted with the turnout and believed the success was due to a combination of the good weather and public awareness of the shortage of stock at Dunedin's food banks.

Presbyterian Support chief executive Gillian Bremner said the donation was well-timed as the shelves at the organisation's food bank had been emptying quickly.

It was an issue affecting all of Dunedin's food banks and since their plight was raised in the Otago Daily Times, Presbyterian Support had received more than $3000.

Food banks would continue to face increased demand, she said.


 

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