A brand new container-based HQ is helping food rescue organisation KiwiHarvest to continue and grow its good work in Auckland.
KiwiHarvest is a not for profit organisation that collects good surplus food from supermarkets, cafes, growers and other suppliers in refrigerated trucks, redistributing it to social service providers who feed those in need. With this model, KiwiHarvest has saved more than 250 tonnes of food from landfill, redistributing that food as more than 750,000 good quality meals (and counting!)
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff later posted on Facebook about the event, “We live in a dysfunctional world where we spend millions of dollars dumping good food in expensive landfills while tens of thousands of people, mainly kids, go hungry each day. It was therefore really good to help open KiwiHarvest’s new headquarters this morning.”
He was joined at the opening ceremony by John Dakin from Goodman Property NZ, and KiwiHarvest Chairman David Kirk and CEO Deborah Manning. As well as walking the ‘green carpet’, guests, supporters and volunteers shared a breakfast of fresh, rescued food and hot coffee.
Pallet Racking Solutions developed a practical storage solution, and supplied the shelving products needed to store, pick and pack the many food packages the KiwiHarvest receives and sends out every week.
We recommended and provided simple, strong and flexible longspan shelving to suit both the space and the types of food products stored and distributed by KiwiHarvest. This is also great option for its ease of assembly and ability to be reconfigured as needs change.
The wider project team generously contributed their services to the running of the project, either pro bono or at greatly reduced costs. RDT Pacific provided project management services, while Macrennie Commercial Construction Project Manager Tim O’Leary and Quantity Surveyor Alex Mackenzie were invaluable to delivery. As were Planning Focus, Holmes Fire, architectus and many other consultants and suppliers.
Our team here at Pallet Racking Solutions was thrilled to contribute to supporting food rescue in New Zealand, as KiwiHarvest expands. The project was an incredibly satisfying one to see come together.
KiwiHarvest Funding and Marketing Coordinator Julia Atkins was equally happy with the relationship and the results. “Our challenge was to maximise storage in repurposed shipping containers and we had no idea where to start. John understood the space immediately and quickly turned around a plan that was exactly what we needed. The racking arrived soon after and was easy to assemble and install. What’s more, as a big supporter of the work KiwiHarvest does, John generously donated the racking, his time and advice to us. We are extremely grateful to Pallet Racking Solutions, as their support enables us to deliver more good food to communities across Auckland.”