Bay of Plenty Times

Bakels spreads Xmas cheer

‘It’s the right thing to do,’ says Mount com­pany of food­bank do­na­tions

- Leah Teb­butt Business · Charity · Society · Mount Maunganui · New Zealand · Tauranga · Bay of Plenty RU

ABay com­pany is help­ing spread the love by do­nat­ing tonnes of mar­garine to the Tau­ranga Com­mu­nity Food­bank. For eight years Bakels Ed­i­ble Oils, in Mount Maun­ganui, has sup­ported the food­bank, each year build­ing a stronger bond.

This year the com­pany, which sup­plies many fast food brands and ca­ter­ing com­pa­nies around New Zealand with oil and mar­garine, has do­nated 300 tubs, or 150kg, of mar­garine in time for Christ­mas.

That’s on top of nearly 6500 tubs, or 3.2 tonnes of mar­garine, do­nated through­out the year.

The Bay of Plenty Times’ an­nual, six-week Christ­mas Ap­peal, in part­ner­ship with Gil­mours Whole­sale Food and Bev­er­age Tau­riko, launched on Novem­ber 7.

Food­bank ware­house man­ager and buyer Bren­don Collins met Bakels cus­tomer ser­vices man­ager Shel­ley Royal on Wed­nes­day to per­son­ally thank the voice he had heard at the end of the phone for four years.

“It’s a big thank you from us. With the sup­port you give us as a com­pany, with the ed­i­ble oil prod­ucts, it means fam­i­lies and peo­ple are get­ting much more from their par­cel and there’s a lot more va­ri­ety that they can use the prod­ucts with.”

In the past, Bakels had helped the Tau­ranga Com­mu­nity Food­bank by do­nat­ing half of what­ever the food­bank pur­chased. But, at the be­gin­ning of this year, they gave it for free.

Collins said the do­na­tion made a huge dif­fer­ence to the food­bank’s clients’ lives.

“The mar­garine prod­uct can be used for toast and sand­wiches but we have bak­ing bags as an op­tion.

“The oil can ob­vi­ously be used for cook­ing, whether that be fry­ing meat or any­thing they want.”

Over­all, the Christ­mas Ap­peal food do­na­tions usu­ally get the food­bank through un­til April and the cash do­na­tions help it out un­til about May.

Collins said the do­na­tion from Bakels would last un­til Christ­mas, depend­ing on de­mand.

Bakels man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Antony Moess said do­nat­ing to the food­bank was a plea­sure.

“We’re a food busi­ness in a lo­cal com­mu­nity and we just think it’s the right thing to do. That’s part of be­ing a busi­ness.”

Moess be­lieved busi­nesses had a role to play in en­sur­ing the com­mu­nity they lived in thrived.

“I think when we do busi­ness well, then busi­nesses con­trib­ute or play a role in [com­mu­ni­ties] as well.”

Ear­lier this week, the Bay of Plenty Times re­ported just un­der $40,000 of cash and food do­na­tions so far have been made to the food­bank. The do­na­tions were a promis­ing start to the $120,000 bud­geted for food alone head­ing into next year.

 ?? Photo / Ge­orge No­vak ?? Tau­ranga Com­mu­nity Food­bankware­house­m­an­ager Bren­don Collins had a “big thank you” for Bakels cus­tomer ser­vices­man­ager Shel­ley Royal and­manag­ing di­rec­tor Antony Moess.
Photo / Ge­orge No­vak Tau­ranga Com­mu­nity Food­bankware­house­m­an­ager Bren­don Collins had a “big thank you” for Bakels cus­tomer ser­vices­man­ager Shel­ley Royal and­manag­ing di­rec­tor Antony Moess.
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