2. ZILCH ALORS!
The non-profit organisation rescues food supplies and provides food to the disadvantaged at no cost and no judgment.
Visit the Just Zilch Give a Little page to contribute to the new free store building refurbishment fund.
Free food store Just Zilch plans to be in its new Featherston St premises before Christmas. That’s despite only slightly more than half the funds required to refurbish the building having been raised so far.
With the lease on the former Fitzherbert Ave Gull station coming to an end, the city council made a building opposite Boys’ High available.
However, around $100,000 was required to make it suitable.
Just Zilch director, Rebecca Culver says following a donation of $25,000 towards fittings and equipment from the Eastern and Central Community Trust; $10,000 donations from the Olive Tree Charitable Trust and the Gordon Lindsey Isaacs Fund, and $5000 from Goodman Fielder, a further $43,000 is required to complete the project.
‘‘We’ve had fantastic financial and in-kind support. However, with the completion date drawing near we need a little more to help us get over the line so we can open the new store.’’
A number of prominent local companies have provided key help.
‘‘It’s been amazing, we’ve had tradies helping from businesses across the city – it really is awe inspiring to see their efforts to help us to help those in need.’’
A ‘Give A Little’ page has so far raised just over $2600, $1500 of which came from donations given in memory of Palmerston North poet, Joy Green.
‘‘Joy was an amazing community-focused, talented individual, Rebecca says.
‘‘Her memory will live on through Just Zilch thanks to the kind donations of her friends and loved ones.’’
New Zealand’s longest-operating free food store, the nonprofit organisation rescues food supplies and provides food to the disadvantaged at no cost and no judgment while helping to reduce waste to landfill.
‘‘Over the years, Just Zilch has helped so many people who’ve experienced financial and emotional hiccups in their lives.
‘‘I know we have thousands of supporters so all I’m asking is for a few dollars from each’’
Rebecca says in the first four years Just Zilch has provided more than 636,000 food items to more than 111,000 people.
An average of 151 people come through the doors daily seeking support, up from last year’s 126.