Kaibosh keeping Christmas fresh
Vulnerable families will receive fresh produce this Christmas as a record quantity of food is saved from the dump by Kaibosh Food Rescue.
The Wellington organisation has collected a record 10,000 kilograms of fruit, vegetables, bread and meat this month.
General manager Matt Dagger said it would be able to extend the service to Porirua and Hutt Valley because many Wellington charities close down in the Christmas period and did not need the food.
"We are working with Kiwi Community Assistance in Tawa to make sure the produce gets where it needs to," he said.
"The Aro Valley Community Centre and the [Wellington] City Mission will also come down [today] and take what they can to give to people on Christmas Day."
Fresh fruit and vegetables from Wellington's supermarkets and weekend vegetable markets makes up about 65 per cent of the food Kaibosh rescues. It is distributed within 24 hours to charities in the area.
Mr Dagger said Kaibosh worked with charities that support vulnerable and at-risk families, many of whom would not have had vegetables on the table for Christmas.
"It's fantastic that we can now take our service in to other areas and help other families."
Salvation Army Lieutenant Dale McFarlane said food from Kaibosh for its Christmas Day dinner or food parcels helped the charity stretch its money.
"We have doubled the number of food parcels."
The Christmas Day dinner at the Salvation Army Hope Centre in Constable St, Newtown, is for singles or couples who would otherwise be alone at Christmas time.
This year's menu includes chicken, potatoes, salad, pavlova and cake.
"Christmas is a time when it's good for people to be together to connect with other people and with God," Lt McFarlane said.
"It's a chance for people who might otherwise be alone to feel like Christmas is for them as well."
Lt McFarlane said there was space for about 40 more guests at the lunchtime meal.
FREE CHRISTMAS DINNERS
Aro Valley Community Centre, Aro St, from 12:30pm.
Salvation Army Hope Centre, Constable St, Newtown, doors open at midday. Places still available. Call (04) 389 0540 or visit the Salvation Army Hope Centre in Riddiford St.
Knox Presbyterian Church, High St, Lower Hutt, from 12.30pm till 2.30pm, to RSVP call (04) 569 9528.
The Dominion Post