A crew from the Housing New Zealand Hamilton office combined forces and good deeds to participate in both Pink Shirt Day and volunteer at St Vincent De Paul’s food kitchen.
St Vincent, or St Vinnies as it’s affectionately known, operates a food kitchen with volunteers to provide lunch for the City’s vulnerable every Thursday and Friday.
“When I heard about the opportunity to volunteer at the kitchen, I thought it would be a great community initiative for our team to be a part of,” said Sandra, Kaiwhakaora – Family Link Specialist in Hamilton.
The Housing New Zealand team created a delicious menu from food donations of chicken and gravy, or sausage and beans, with filled rolls and a side of coleslaw and beetroot. There were warm fuzzies all around as the team served a hot meal and a cuppa 50 or more people.
“It’s a great example of the community working together. There are several regular volunteers including 91 year old twin sisters who make sandwiches for school children. Others pick up donated food from local supermarkets and deliver school lunches,” said Sandra.
Any unused food and donations of bread are taken to vulnerable families.
Sandra was blown away by the support from her team. “We only needed six people to cook and serve the dinner, but we had so many people put their hand up that we are going to make it a regular event!”
“It feels awesome to give back to our community and work collaboratively with services that support our tenants, even if it’s something small as cooking them a hot meal for lunch.”