by Greta Yeoman
South Canterbury is set to get its own food rescue scheme after the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury backed the initiative.
The “food rescue” project will be run by City Harvest Food Rescue Canterbury, which collects and distributes surplus items from supermarkets and other food stores to social agencies.
“[We are] excited to see the difference it will make.” – Community Trust chairman David Forman
The Christchurch-based organisation will replicate its initiative in South Canterbury later this year after the organisation received $30,000 from the Community Trust to set up the scheme.
The one-off large donation was for the 30th anniversary of the trust.
Community Trust chairman David Forman said the trust was “incredibly proud” to be helping to bring the scheme to the region.
“[We are] excited to see the difference it will make.”
City Harvest was set up in Christchurch in 2016 and now distributes 6.5 tonnes of food around the city each week.
Other South Island areas with similar schemes include Dunedin, which started as FoodShare in 2012 and is now KiwiHarvest, working in both Dunedin and Auckland.
It is estimated that KiwiHarvest donates more than 70,000kg of food to 220 charities each month.
Family Works manager Liz Nolan said the scheme would be beneficial for the people accessing food parcels through the scheme, particularly with the growing demand for parcels.
“We have seen a significant increase in the number of whanau accessing food parcels over the past 18 months.”
She also hoped it would provide a greater range of food in the parcels.
Although the facility will be based in Timaru the organisation hopes to encompass a wider area including towns such as Ashburton and Waimate.