Auction to Boost Food Charity’s Funds

Otago Daily Times, 13 November 2015.  David Loughrey: A Dunedin charity that redistributes unused fresh food to the city’s hungry is being helped out by members of the arts, rugby and cricket communities as it prepares for a major fundraiser.

FoodShare, which collects unused food from businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants and caterers, is auctioning a lunch with Rugby World Cup-winning captains Richie McCaw and David Kirk, a cricket ball signed by Sir Richard Hadlee and a framed Grahame Sydney photograph, among other items, on Saturday.

FoodShare was begun by former corporate lawyer Deborah Manning, of Dunedin, three and a-half years ago.

She started out collecting food in her own car and redistributing it to charities.

In the first month, 1000 meals were delivered, but that figure is now closer to 30,000 a month and earlier this year the organisation calculated it had delivered more than 500,000 meals.

Ms Manning said the organisation had started a second venture in Auckland, known as KiwiHarvest.

The auction will take place at a gala event, backed by Dunedin’s Golden Centre Mall, on Saturday evening at the Dunedin Town Hall.