A Christmas dinner for the most needy in Manawatu can be followed up with a free helping of popcorn thanks to the largest single donation of food to Just Zilch.
Longburn-based DKSH New Zealand - formerly Brandlines - has given the free food charity store 29,160 bags of microwave popcorn.
Mainfreight shipped the 10-pallet load to the Fitzherbert Ave site on Thursday and now Just Zilch staff are handing them out as Christmas treats.
The popcorn was a year away from expiring but had been deemed unsaleable because butter had slightly melted through the bags.
Just Zilch founder Rebecca Culver said the size of the donation was a surprise, but the organisation was grateful for the thought.
Miss Culver would be looking to distribute it around charities and other organisations in the city as well as handing it out to the needy a packet at a time through her store.
"Even though we have heaps of it there we're sticking to the policy of only taking what you need. The reality is that people aren't going to need 18 packs of popcorn to themselves."
Other large shipments that the food store has received in the past include cakes from Ernest Adams and eight pallet loads of yoghurt.
Christ Sanctuary, a Palmerston North church that is an offshoot of Just Zilch, is holding a free dinner for those in need at 6.30pm on Christmas Day at the YMCA in Park Rd. Anyone is invited and transport is available to the venue. Those wanting to attend need to RSVP to Selena on 027 354 8545 or James on 027 410 8770.
Other Christmas lunches taking place in the region include the Palmerston North Salvation Army's and Life Changers Church in Levin, which are both fully booked.
Palmerston North Methodist Social Services and the Feilding RSA are not holding a Christmas lunch this year.
- Manawatu Standard
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