On a big mis­sion for food

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ZAC FLEM­ING

Auck­land busi­nesses are coming to the aid of the city mis­sion.

The Auck­land City Mis­sion is en­tirely de­pen­dent on do­na­tions to feed any­where be­tween 75 and 150 ‘‘dropins’’ ev­ery day.

Auck­land City Mis­sion’s fundrais­ing team leader Liam Wil­lis says any­one who drops in unan­nounced and is strug­gling to af­ford meals is in that cat­e­gory.

‘‘The mis­sion feeds th­ese peo­ple en­tirely with do­na­tions be­cause they don’t make or cook food on site,’’ he says.

‘‘The num­ber of peo­ple we are able to feed then is ut­terly de­pen­dent on what is do­nated that day.’’

This is where busi­nesses are coming to the res­cue.

Mr Wil­lis says firms through­out Auck­land ‘‘pro­vide a daily base level of food for the mis­sion’s drop-ins’’ and then on top of that there are one-off large do­na­tions from catered events.

Some days there isn’t much food to go around, and on oth­ers the mis­sion is able to give out ‘‘prac­ti­cal feasts’’, he says.

One busi­ness do­ing its best to en­sure there are feasts is a small cookie bar in the CBD, Mous­tache.

Since it opened in Septem­ber last year it has given away its left­over cook­ies at the end of each day to the mis­sion, Mous­tache owner Deanna Yang says.

‘‘From the start we knew we would have leftovers. It’s hard to pre­dict how many cook­ies you will sell in a day.

‘‘There’s noth­ing worse than wasted food.

‘‘If it can help oth­ers and ben­e­fit oth­ers I don’t see why we wouldn’t give to the mis­sion.’’

Mr Wil­lis says do­nat­ing is easy and very much en­cour­aged. Food can be brought in through the front door and handed to re­cep­tion, or a driver can be ar­ranged to come and pick it up.

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