It’s been 15 days of giving, and we haven’t even hit Christmas
Foodstuffs South Island has donated more than $50,000 to people in
Additional product has been donated to the Kaikoura marae, Kaikoura
November 30, 2016- Since the big shakes on November 14,
for 'Foodies', as the company is known fondly, it's been about how
much they can give in time, money and energy to get North
Canterbury back on track again. Kaikoura has been a big
beneficiary - and it's the least the team could do for one of New
Zealand's well known towns.
"I have to take my hat off to Glen Steele and his team at New
World Kaikoura and our support crew from Christchurch," says Steve
Anderson, CEO Foodstuffs South Island, "They have been working
non-stop to get the store up and running with ample fresh supplies
for the locals delivered through a combination of air, land and
sea. They've done it with a smile on their faces as wide as
the ocean lapping on Kaikoura beaches."
In addition to the goods Foodstuffs South Island has donated to
the community through the team at Civil Defence, they've also given
out more than $50,000 worth of emergency grants to people who have
been hit hard by the 7.8 earthquake.
Foodstuffs South Island has a Community Trust which swings into
action at times like these. "We've had this in place for a
while now - and in addition to the work we do on a day-to-day basis
to support the community, it enables us to help fellow New
Zealanders who need urgent support. When families, individuals and
community groups approach us for help we quickly evaluate their
needs and decide what we can do. It works well - the feedback
we get is overwhelmingly positive," says Anderson.
As work continues to get Kaikoura back to normal operations, the
New World team, supported by Foodstuffs South Island, will
certainly be doing their part to make a difference. As we
head into the holiday season, which is destined to be vastly
different than expected, the natural generosity of New Zealanders
and New Zealand companies is really showing through.
You can apply to the Foodstuffs South Island Community Trust
through this website: