New truck on a fresh food­drive

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PAUL

Thou­sands more peo­ple will have fresh food thanks to do­na­tions that have put Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance in the driv­ing seat of a new $27,000 chiller truck.

Founded by Tracy and Phil Welling­ton, the char­ity res­cues tonnes of ed­i­ble food from be­ing thrown out and gives it to lo­cal emer­gency food pro­grammes, char­i­ties and schools.

The cou­ple were re­cently flown to West­port by cater­ing com­pany Rain­bow Cake Kitchen to buy the 2.7 tonne truck for the busi­ness, with fi­nan­cial sup­port from Welling­ton or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Rain­bow man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Matthew McManus ad­mired the char­ity’s ef­forts and bought two new front tyres, paid for work to be com­pleted on the truck’s brakes and bought the Welling­tons a Cook Strait cross­ing home.

Tracy Welling­ton said fund­ing from Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust, Welling­ton City Coun­cil and lo­cal su­per­mar­kets en­ables the char­ity to fill the truck’s in­ter­nal stor­age mea­sur­ing 3.1 me­tres long by 1.6m wide with as much food as pos­si­ble.

‘‘The truck has made a big dif­fer­ence to our daily op­er­a­tions; you only have a 30 minute win­dow to get the food into a fridge or freezer oth­er­wise you are break­ing safe food han­dling codes. Own­ing a chiller truck means we can hit the road and stay on the road un­til the whole cir­cuit is done,’’ she said.

Left­over funds have been used to pay for road user charges, a cer- tifi­cate of fit­ness, mileage for the next year, plus in­sur­ance and brand­ing of the truck

‘‘Rather than com­plet­ing a three-and-a-half hour cir­cuit, we’re now do­ing it in around twoand-a-half hours, so it’s a lot quicker. We sur­vived quite a long time with­out the truck, be­cause we had to, but it’s a re­lief to fi­nally have it.’’

The char­ity has de­liv­ered just over 70,000 kilo­grams of food since the be­gin­ning of the year, equat­ing to 201,200 350 gram meals or 29,000 full stom­achs.

But with in­creas­ing de­mand, Welling­ton is al­ways in need of vol­un­teers.

She is look­ing to fill two roles that in­volve res­cu­ing food and sort­ing do­na­tions in the char­ity’s ware­house: ’’We can’t keep help­ing peo­ple if we don’t have the vol­un­teers to do it.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion about vol­un­teer­ing for Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance, visit the web­site kca.org.nz

PHOTO: JAMES PAUL

Kiwi Com­mu­nity As­sis­tance co-founder Tracy Welling­ton in the char­ity’s new $27,000 chiller truck.

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