Just Zilch needs $15,000
$15,000. That’s all that is needed so Just Zilch can open in time for Christmas.
Considering the original refit of the new free food store on Featherston St opposite Boys’ High was costed out at around $100,000, the community fundraising and commercial goodwill for this project has been huge.
New Zealand’s longest-operating free food store, the nonprofit organisation not only provides ‘‘no cost, no judgment’’ food for those who need it, it rescues surplus food supplies that otherwise would be sent to landfill. The $15,000 is needed to install freezer and chiller units.
‘‘Without them, we won’t be able to take the pallets of yoghurt that we received the other week,’’ says director Rebecca Culver. ‘‘If we don’t get a fridge, donations like that will be wasted.’’
The new council-provided premises along from Mitre 10 Mega has undergone extensive renovation to meet food handling standards. Construction manager Bob Isles of Isles Construction found himself volunteered for the position by his son Cameron during a weekly meeting with supportive mayor Grant Smith.
‘‘Bob is a legend,’’ Rebecca says. ‘‘ Stuff we thought we’d have to pay for, he’s talked businesses into giving, providing at cost or at reduced rates.’’
‘‘I was in at Hynds wanting a couple of wheel stops,’’ Bob recalls.
‘‘Can you give me these for nothing, I asked, they’re for Just Zilch. Oh, OK, when do you need them...’’
That sort of response has been widespread from local businesses.
‘‘It’s been amazing, we’ve had tradies and businesses from all over the city helping. It has truly been an inspiring project to be involved with and the Just Zilch team is very grateful,’’ Rebecca says.
Just Zilch plans to move to the new premises on Tuesday, December 15, and Rebecca is looking for help moving from the Fitzherbert Ave store in the week leading up to the big day.
‘‘If anyone would like to help us move, they can volunteer on our Facebook page. We’re also accepting donations on our Givealiitle page and website.
This Friday night, there’s a screening of the award-winning Canadian film Just Eat It. The entertaining doco about rescuing waste food, screened at the recent Reel Earth Festival, and will be shown at the open-air ‘cinema’ on George St at 8.30pm. Entry is by koha with proceeds going to the building fund.
$15,000 fills this space. Rebecca Culver the driving force behind Just Zilch with construction manager Bob Isles where the freezers and chillers will be in the new Featherston store.