On May 13th, Tauranga Evolution and Untamed Motorsport held a ‘park up’ car event to raise money for the victims of the Edgecumbe floods. One of the members of the Tauranga Evolution club, Emma, lost everything - including her Mitsubishi Evolution 8 - so the club members saw the full effects of the floods. After seeing the devastation, the clubs made a plan to run a charity ‘park up’ event to fundraise money and then donate the funds raised to The Foodbank Project so that necessary food and supplies could be purchased and delivered to those who needed it. Around 120 cars showed up to the event, carrying close to 300 people in total. Each driver donated at least $10 and each additional passenger gave at least $5. “The atmosphere on the day was pretty amazing, there were a bunch of people all together with the love of two things - their cars and doing their bit to help local people in need.” Emma, whose car was written off in the floods, had her car taken to the event on a trailer so people could see the full extent of the flood damage. After a day of competitions, auctions, food...

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We're thrilled to announce that thanks to the huge amount of support and donations in the Auckland region, we've added three more hubs to our existing Royal Oak hub. Now, Auckland donations will go to either Glenfield, Waitakere, Royal Oak or Manukau. This means we're able to help more people over a wider area of the Auckland region! If you're in Auckland you don't need to do anything, the transfer to the new hubs is automatic. If you have a recurring donation and you live on the North Shore, for example, your donations will now automatically go to the Glenfield hub. This should mean that your donation in Auckland will go to person or family closer to you and you're helping your community closer to home. Thank you to all our amazing donors around New Zealand and around the world - with your ongoing support we're able to help more Kiwis seeking food assistance! Got a question? Send us an email!

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10-year-old besties Edie and Mia decided to combine their love of baking with a desire to help people. During the summer holidays the girls decided to set up two cupcake stalls, selling cupcakes at their gate to raise money for the SPCA and for The Foodbank Project. Edie's mum Talei says the girls baked and decorated the cupcakes all by themselves, made signs, wrote on the pavement in chalk, set up a cash float from Edie's money box for change and even had music playing to tempt the customers in. Despite being one of the hottest days of the year, Edie and Mia were having so much fun it took some convincing to get them to leave their stall once most of the cupcakes were gone and the customers had dried up. Talei says she and her children had used the Foodbank before and she was quick to suggest it when the girls were thinking about who to donate to. 'I really like the fact that the item you choose to purchase will make its way to someone who is in need of it. The girls had a ball choosing the items to donate. They considered what they thought a...

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This project is somewhat experimental and I would appreciate any feedback, thoughts or suggestions anyone has as to how we can improve it and make it best serve New Zealanders in need. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries. Cheers, Galen King - Founder, The Foodbank Project

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