Recently Micha Johansen, who farms in Eketahuna, came to us with an idea... what if Farm Source Reward Dollars could be donated to charity? We thought it was a brilliant idea.
Introducing Farm Source Charitable Giving, where Farm Source Reward Dollars can be donated to three charities close to our Co-op: Meat the Need, New Zealand Food Network and The Rural Support Trust.
Meat the Need is a charity founded by farmers designed to help feed those most vulnerable in our communities.
The charity takes donations of livestock and milk from farmers, then processes, packages and freights them to over 85 food banks across New Zealand.
To date, we have had over 3,000 animals and 700,000 meals donated. We believe with the amount of food we produce in this country, no one should go hungry. It's our job to connect those dots to make it happen.
100% of your donation will go directly into the processing, packaging and delivery costs of both mince and milk. This will make a huge difference.
For more information, visit the Meat the Need website.
New Zealand Food Network works with food businesses (such as farmers, producers and growers) and the food rescue sector to redirect bulk, surplus food to our most vulnerable communities.
It was established in May 2020 to urgently address the growing issue of food insecurity in New Zealand by bringing scale, efficiency and equity to the food rescue sector. Its centralised DCs in Auckland, Christchurch and Hastings safely and efficiently receive, store and mix a wide variety of bulk food donations which its team then distribute, free-of-charge, to 58+ recipient food hubs (food rescues, food support charities, food banks and iwi) spread right across New Zealand.
Funds received from Rewards members through this important initiative will be used to purchase bulk food at preferential rates to provide further food support to those who need it most.
For more information, visit the New Zealand Food Network website.
Rural Support Trust is an organisation made up of 14 independent charitable Trusts throughout New Zealand.
The Rural Support Trust have local rural people in their teams, who know from experience that pressures can mount up. Their networks and training can help with all kinds of situations helping farmers and rural communities get through challenges.
Rural Support Trust is the only organisation that sits around the table face-to-face with our farmers, working through the issues, finding solutions and the necessary support. Most of the people involved with Rural Support Trust are unpaid volunteers, giving back to the Rural communities that they are part of. The biggest challenge to Rural Support Trusts is the increasing number of calls driven by mental health, burnout & depression, farm management challenges, animal welfare, financial pressures, relationship issues and change.
They also run events for farmers and their families to enjoy some downtime off farm.
For more information, visit the Rural Support Trust website.