Wellington food rescue group Kaibosh are celebrating a successful few weeks with their annual fundraiser, Make a Meal in May.
The group is still encouraging anyone who hasn’t taken part yet to consider doing so.
Kaibosh Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Christel Price, says the idea behind Make a Meal in May is to share a meal with flatmates, friends or family, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, then donate what they would usually spend on a meal out, to Kaibosh.
‘’It’s a fun way to get together and share food, while also supporting a good cause," Price says. "And because a meal can be of such differing value to whoever takes part, it means that everybody can afford to contribute."
For every $20 raised, Kaibosh can provide 20 meals for those who need it most in the Wellington community.
Price says that no donation is too small and is urging everyone to get on board during the final days of May.
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and his office have donated, as well as hundreds of other Wellingtonians who have hosted their own get-togethers, says Price.
‘’It is inspiring to see the number of meals we'll be able to provide continue to rise, thanks to people's generous donations."
Kaibosh has delivered over two million meals to community groups and people in need throughout the region since its inception, and is crediting its successes to fundraisers such as Make a Meal in May.
The group also has a number of other fundraisers during the year, such as ‘All Taste No Waste, a Wellington On A Plate fine-dining experience, where food that is commonly considered as waste is served into a three-course meal.
This is the food rescue groups fourth Make a Meal in May.
Price says that the biggest challenge is spreading the word.
"But each year, more people are finding out about what we do and are taking part.’’