Food company celebrates 500,000th free loaf for Salvation Army in Lower Hutt

Natasha Zhang, 20 months, enjoys sandwiches at the Salvation Army office in Lower Hutt.The bread was donated by Goodman ...
JARED NICOLL

Natasha Zhang, 20 months, enjoys sandwiches at the Salvation Army office in Lower Hutt.The bread was donated by Goodman Fielder.

A food company marked the 500,000th loaf of free bread delivered to Salvation Army food banks with a celebration in Lower Hutt.

The Goodman Fielder Cares Trust has provided baked bread for 10 Salvation Army food banks around the country for about the last six years, including to the Community Ministries centre in Lower Hutt.

That is enough bread to stretch from Wellington to Bulls if laid end-to-end.

Salvation Army national secretary for social services Pamela Waugh said Goodman Fielder's weekly fresh bread donations eased some of the pressure of procuring food for around 55,000 food parcels a year. 

The parcels helped people move on from difficult periods in their lives and regain their independence, she said.

The portion of the family budget that would normally be spent on food could be used to pay debt or deal with unexpected costs such as school or medical fees. 

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