Warkworth Rotary/Lions Food Rescue service passed its fifth anniversary in July, having ‘rescued’ 84 tonnes of food through its service since July 26, 2016, when 5.5kg was first donated.
Lions spokesperson Peter Henderson says since the service opened, volunteers have worked daily, even during Covid-19 lockdowns, to ensure that the needs of the community, from Puhoi to Te Hana, were not overlooked.
Initially working out of the old Warkworth courthouse, the service was originally set up to “rescue” food that would have otherwise gone to the tip or piggeries, and redirect it to foodbanks to deliver to families in need.
The service now operates from the Warkworth Museum Op Shop in Baxter Street.
Mr Henderson says Food Rescue thanks local supermarkets and suppliers for their continued support over the last five years.
“From the members of Warkworth Rotary and the Lions Clubs of Warkworth, Kowhai Coast and Wellsford, a big thank you for the community support,” he says.
Anyone wanting to support the food rescue effort can drop off non-perishable food at the museum op-shop, 28 Baxter Street, from 9am to 4pm weekdays.