DineAid helps stock food bank shelves
A charitable campaign that relies on restaurant and cafe goers donating their spare change to help the hungry and the homeless is under way.
The DineAid campaign also has the backing of a host of food-loving celebrities and runs until New Year’s Eve.
Among those supporting the 2013 initiative are foodies and TV presenters Annabelle White, Nici Wickes and media personality Jesse Mulligan. They are encouraging people to book at DineAid eateries and add $2 to their final bill with all the funds going to the country’s city missions.
‘‘It is such a brilliant and simple idea,’’ Ms White says.
‘‘Not only do diners treat their taste buds, they have the opportunity to show their hearts are in the right place.’’
Ms Wickes says it’s tough to argue with just a couple of dollars added to the bill.
Since it launched in New Zealand five years ago, DineAid has raised almost $400,000.
Every single cent goes to city mission food banks in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
City mission spokeswoman Diane Robertson says as a result of the programme thousands of New Zealanders will not go hungry this Christmas.
‘‘We can’t encourage people enough to book at participating eateries during this campaign. We’ve had record numbers of people turning to us in times of need and these funds help stock our food banks not just at our busiest time – Christmas – but for the entire year,’’ she says.
Diners can add $2 to their bill at the end of a meal or can drop $2 into collection boxes in any of the participating cafes.
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