Good food that might easily have ended up in landfill or piggeries has instead found its way on to the tables of Mahurangi families who might otherwise have gone hungry.
Last month, Warkworth Rotary/Lions Food Rescue marked its second anniversary and the successful distribution of 34,621kg of food.
The operation started on July 26, 2016 with a donation of just 5.5kg.
Around 60 rostered volunteers collect surplus food from supermarkets and other suppliers every afternoon as part of Food Rescue and take it to the old Warkworth Courthouse in Elizabeth Street, where it is weighed and sorted.
The following morning it is taken to churches and other community groups who distribute it to families in need, servicing areas from Puhoi to Te Hana.
Organiser Peter Henderson says in addition to great support from local supermarkets and local businesses, private individuals have been enormously generous.
“It’s been a wonderful community effort,” he says.
Robyn Fisher, a member of Mahurangi Presbyterian church who helps distribute food, says often it will benefit struggling mums who are suffering health problems, have no family support and have nothing to give their children.
“It’s just amazing to see their response when we turn up with a food parcel. It’s like we have just given them a million dollars,” she says.
Peter Henderson says the Food Rescue service is always on the look out for more food donations.
Info: Peter Henderson 0274 776 519