May's Bakery is giving its surplus food to a local food bank after repeated requests for free savouries at its bakeries.
Manager Adam Bartlett prepared the first weekly load of baked goods for delivery to Life Church's food bank yesterday.
The bakery had previously been visited by people requesting pies be given away at the end of the day, and workers had posted a sign on the door stating the bakery would not supply free food.
Bartlett said owner Bernie Sugrue had the idea of giving the produce away after a Herald article reporting on the sign. Sugrue chose donating to the food bank as the best option.
"Everyone's really excited about seeing the waste go to a good cause," Bartlett said.
"Six large cartons of pies, sausage rolls, savouries and scones would be given to those in need at the food bank on Morgans Rd.
The 120 pies in the first consignment represented a small proportion of the 8000 to 9000 pies the bakery produced daily. That number was likely to increase in a month's time when May's new Washdyke factory began production, Bartlett said.
Food which could not be salvaged for human consumption would be sent to the local pig farm where all the bakery's food waste was currently sent.
- The Timaru Herald