Container supports whanau in need, reduces environmental waste

Northland Food Rescue

  • Open side container streamlines food rescue operation
  • 20-foot Open Side container provides easy and efficient access to food and product  

Helping whanau and those in need in Northland is the kaupapa behind 155 Whare Awhina.

Royal Wolf assisted the Te Tai Tokerau-based organisation to supply and transport a specialist 20-foot Open Side container for the storage of donated food at its Whakaora Kai food rescue operation in Kaikohe.

The container increases 155 Whare Awhina’s capacity, streamlines the service it can provide the community, and ultimately helps to feed more people.  

Nicki Baker, Services Support Manager says support from organisations like Royal Wolf is key as it means it can keep the valuable service running efficiently while also significantly reducing food waste. The container also means the team no longer has to travel between Whangarei and Kaikohe with food donations as all product can be stored on site.

“The work the 155 team does helps our community by ensuring the donated food goes to those who need it rather than being dumped and going into landfill.”

More than just food rescue  

As well as its Whakaora Kai food rescue service, 155 Whare Awhina provide wrap around services in the Kaikohe community and greater Northland including everything from housing support and safe space drop-in centres, for a cup of tea, a listening ear, laundry and medical services, through to free budgeting and legal advice.

Earlier this year, in partnership with Foodstuffs, the organisation opened Whangarei’s Social Supermarket which gives struggling families a choice of food free of charge, based on a token system.

155 Whare Awhina also fills up the Pataka Kai (Pantry Kai) stands around Kaikohe, where people can leave food for others to take for free.

Royal Wolf Northland Branch Manager, Mary Te-Au, says supporting a project like 155 Whare Awhina has a huge amount of pride attached to it.

“It is helping make a difference in so many peoples’ lives and our team, right across the country, feel very proud to be supporting initiatives like this that are helping to support people in need in the community.”

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