Food charity in plea for wider range
Kai Rescue needs more greens, fruit, meat and dairy.
Kai Rescue collects surplus food from supermarkets and other food producers, and distributes it to local charities who cook free community meals or distribute food parcels to their clients.
The group is part of a new initiative run by Nelson Environment Centre, with the aim of feeding families and individuals who are in need, lightening the load of local agencies who work with those in need, and reducing the staggering amount of edible food that ends up in our landfills.
To date, in the 20 weeks since they began in March this year, they have rescued and distributed over 28 tonnes of food that would otherwise have ended up in landfill, or at best gone to feed the pigs.
The three local Countdown supermarkets, Tasman Bay Food group and Proper Crisps were the first to agree to supply their surplus food, and now Fresh Choice in Richmond, Raeward Fresh, L’Artisan and Devon bakeries, Bidfood, Solander and others have joined up, as well as Community Fruit Harvesting Nelson and private individuals.
Twenty-eight agencies are now registered to pick up the boxes of food that have been sorted, weighed and packed into labelled boxes.
They bring stories of the mum who was keeping her children home from school because she had nothing to give them for their lunches; the solo mum who had nothing for her son’s birthday, and who was overjoyed by the delivery of a cake on that day; the woman who was able to buy some warm winter clothes for her family because she didn’t have to spend all her money on food.
Thanks to a generous donation from a private individual, they have a refrigerated van that’s perfect for transporting the food, and they have just had the Kai Rescue sign painted on the van through another generous donation.
Watch out for the Kai Rescue van around town, picking up the food and bringing it back to base.
However, with the number of registered charities growing, they have a problem — they are well supplied with bread, buns and cakes, but desperately need more fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish.
If you are a grower, vege shop, supermarket, food distributor, dairy farmer, butcher, fisher, or a private individual with surplus produce, please give them a ring; they can collect the food from you, or you can drop it off directly to ECOLAND, 31 Vanguard Street; ph: 03-545 9176.
Also, if you have surplus fruit that you need help to harvest, Community Fruit Harvesting Nelson can come and pick it for you.
The purpose of this charity is to facilitate the sharing of fruit from our own backyards and orchards.
The fruit is shared with the owner of the fruit tree and the rest distributed to charities. Contact Diana Parr, firstname.lastname@example.org, 03-546 6825 to arrange.
The team from Kai Rescue.