5 September 2012
Hamilton charities benefit from Foodstuffs expo donations
Local charities got a much needed pantry top-up last week, when suppliers at the Foodstuffs expo donated pallets of
groceries, chilled and frozen foods to the Te Whakaruruhau Māori Women’s Refuge and the Salvation Army Community
Ministries in Hamilton.
Foodstuffs Auckland Managing Director Murray Jordan says he is pleased to be able to support these worthy local causes.
“This is the first time we’ve held the expo in Hamilton, and it’s fantastic that we were able to put the products from
the supplier stands to good use.”
Ariana Simpson from Te Whakaruruhau says it was overwhelming to see the food donation arrive at their offices.
“Our staff have been inundated with urgent requests from families for food, clothing and household essentials, and the
gift couldn’t have come at a better time. Food parcels are handed out every day, so along with the produce from our
vegetable garden, the donated items will make up healthy food packages to help those who are in need.”
“In addition, some of the food will be used to assist the families who are triaged at our office into our residential or
community services, as they often arrive hungry and basically only in the clothes they managed to get out in,” says
Te Whakaruruhau Inc was established in 1987 as a Māori Women’s Refuge and Advocacy Service for women and children
fleeing from abuse and violence, helping around 100 families a week through their 24/7 crisis response unit and four
The annual Foodstuffs conference saw more than 2,500 Foodstuffs suppliers and staff from around the country gather in
Hamilton, with over 200 exhibits showcasing the latest grocery innovations and product solutions.