Just Zilch cuts the rib­bon

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

A good ex­am­ple of the com­mu­nity help­ing it­self.

That’s how mayor Grant Smith feels about the city’s free food store, Just Zilch.

Just Zilch has been up and run­ning in its new venue op­po­site Boys’ High on Feather­ston St since just be­fore Christ­mas.

When the lease at the old Gull petrol sta­tion HQ on Fitzher­bert Ave ran out it, Just Zilch moved to a coun­cil-owned build­ing, and then raised around $100,000 to get it fit­ted out. Many busi­nesses also came on board to help, with Isles Con­struc­tion man­ag­ing the pro­ject.

Grant says the city was happy to help out with an empty coun­cilowned build­ing when they dis­cov­ered Just Zilch needed a new premises.

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the new re­fit­ted store took place on Satur­day.

Just Zilch di­rec­tor Re­becca Cul­ver says she was ‘‘blown away’’ by the sup­port they re­ceived to get the new store ready to open, with do­na­tions com­ing in from through­out the coun­try.

‘‘We just never imag­ined peo­ple out­side of Palmer­ston North do­nat­ing to some­thing like this.’’

More than 30 busi­nesses do­nate food on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

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