During the recent food insecurity crisis raised by the COVID-19 lockdowns in August and September, we provided over half a million serves of Weet-Bix into the New Zealand Food Network (NZFN) to help feed families in need.
Sanitarium is proud to be a foundation donor to NZFN, supplying more than 1.5 million serves of Weet-Bix, other cereals and beverages during the last 12 months.
Established in July 2020, NZFN connects businesses and food suppliers with surplus or donated bulk food to hundreds of food rescue charities, food hubs, and community pantries throughout New Zealand, who work with the country’s most vulnerable communities.
During lockdown, many of NZFN’s partners saw demand for food increase significantly as the effects of the pandemic continue.
One of the local charities that receives donations through WaiWaste, a food rescue and distribution hub in the Wairarapa District, had this to say: “Thank you so much from the wider Pahiatua Community. Our foodbank has been in operation for over 25 years, fully funded by our community. Since we have been receiving food from Waiwaste, it has really taken the pressure off community food parcel requests. Often a family just needs a little help with a meal or two before pay day, and Weet-Bix has played a big part in this.”
To learn more about New Zealand Food Network visit nzfoodnetwork.org.nz