On a big mission for food
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.