‘Rourou kai’ food recovery project hit the ground running a fortnight ago with several local community groups utilizing excess pack house fruit generously supplied by Kaiaponi Farms and NZ Fruits.
Currently the fruit is being picked up weekly by groups such as Ka Pai Kaiti, supergrans Tairawhiti trust, Gissy School Lunches, Kapa Haka Roopu, Church groups and other families in need. The fruit is redistributed on a local level to those most in need of this fresh kai and is reaching many elderly, children and families.
Kiwifruit and apples have been the mainstay recently but persimmon, navel oranges and mandarin will all be coming through for redistribution over the coming year. This is a ground-led volunteer run community initiative formed under the umbrella of TRA with Rick Thorpe (chairman) accessing and organizing fruit and Jess Jacobs coordinating with groups for pick up and redistribution.
We see this project extremely beneficial to the community and the effect such a small gesture like this can have socially, environmentally and even economically for people is huge.
See The Gisborne Herald article for full details.