The non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion res­cues food sup­plies and pro­vides food to the dis­ad­van­taged at no cost and no judg­ment.

The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME ALONG -

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.


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