Tawa vol­un­teers give back to com­mu­nity


Waste not, want not is the mantra for a group who are mak­ing the most of other peo­ple’s left­overs.

Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance (KCA) is a reg­is­tered char­ity based in Tawa which dis­trib­utes food, cloth­ing and house­hold items to lo­cal schools, food­banks and other Welling­ton char­i­ties.

It was founded five years ago by a Tawa cou­ple and is run en­tirely by vol­un­teers.

Co-founder Tracy Welling­ton said their work min­imised waste and sought out in­ven­tive ways of us­ing food.

‘‘We’ve got hun­dreds of ice­cream con­tain­ers to stew all of the fruit and pre­serve it. We push it out with a bag of flour and mar­garine and there’s your fruit crum­ble for the week­end.’’

This year KCA has col­lected more than 50 tonnes of food – and dis­trib- uted an es­ti­mated 117,000 meals.

The char­ity, which has been grow­ing strong since 2011, now needs more peo­ple power to keep on top of the work­load.

‘‘We first started ship­ping stock to John­sonville with one agency. We now work with 50 dif­fer­ent agen­cies and we have a wait­ing list. We’ve got more food sup­pli­ers and agen­cies that want to come on-board but we don’t have the man power.’’

Welling­ton said KCA needed up to 30 more vol­un­teers.

Lo­cals col­lect do­na­tions from drop-off points through­out the re­gion from com­pa­nies such as Food­stuffs, Whit­taker’s and Moore Wil­son’s Porirua.

They or­gan­ise and store the pro­duce and goods for so­cial agen­cies in­clud­ing Birthright Welling­ton, John­sonville Food­bank and the Welling­ton Night Shel­ter, which dis­trib­ute di­rectly to their clients.

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