0800 Hungry Ministries Trust – Christchurch
On Tuesday 20 October, a team from our Christchurch office including Alica Brunke, Amy Campbell, Genevieve Harrison, Sam Chidgey and Sarah Eveleigh got stuck in at the 0800 HUNGRY warehouse and spent a day packing and distributing food boxes to those in need around Christchurch City.
ABOUT 0800 HUNGRY
0800 HUNGRY MINISTRIES TRUST is a non-profit organisation established to empower churches and social agencies to reach out to those in our community who need a helping hand, and to ensure that those who are in need get fed.
The primary role of 0800 Hungry is one of ‘hunter and gatherer’, with a dedicated team of 120 volunteers committed to locating and recovering all manner of food and grocery items which are then re-packed and distributed back into the community.
Every week in Canterbury hundreds of tonnes of edible fresh produce is wasted or fed to livestock because of over-supply, cost of harvesting or lack of an accountability chain for re-distribution.
0800 Hungry delivers directly to homes and regularly provides food to over 155 different churches and agencies, including the police Safety Team, for people who they know need a hand up. The team distributes 200+ boxes per week, which usually increases to 400+ leading up to Christmas.
HOW IT WORKS:
Anyone in need calls up the free-phone number to place their order on a no-questions-asked basis. Box sizes are determined on how many people are in the household (pet food is included if required), and all sizes are packed and delivered for a set price of $5. While they previously didn’t charge, we were told the $5 cost was put in place to help minimise the negative feeling of getting a “hand-out”, as the customers are in-fact paying for this service.