The Daily whakapapa - our foundations
The Daily Food pūtake – the origin or reason for being
Bringing People Together, Working With Others, Neighbours Helping Neighbours
Our café and all initiatives and events are not here for our own gain, but for the gain of the local community.
All of our profits go back into our community and our agenda is to add into what we believe is ‘the best little town in NZ’ in every way possible through our resources, experience and partnerships.
Our focus is on breaking the poverty cycle and filling the ‘gaps’ where many needs fall quietly through. We do this in partnership with other local charities and community groups, choosing collaboration wherever possible.
Our dream is to see ALL of Te Puke connected and thriving.
The Daily Food kaupapa – visions and aspirations
Our current goal is to position our organisation for transformational change and innovative growth as we continue to journey with our community towards our shared goal of food sovereignty. We are proud members of COLAB Te Puke and committed to working with others in the Food Security group to see the outcomes of Mana Kai Mana Ora become reality.
- We want great food for wellbeing in tough times. There is increasing chronic need for ready-made food for our struggling families, elderly and those living alone. Before COVID we provided 60 meals per month, we now average 250. We want to be well positioned to meet acute needs, as we have experienced these last two years.
- We want to feed all our kids a nutritious lunch for learning. Currently we feed 2000 beautiful school aged tamariki in the community daily (250 of which are not funded by the Ministry of Education). The dream would be to increase our capacity to feed the remaining 1000 children who are not being reached due to funding.
- We want to deliver hot ready-made food to those who need it. Currently all our produced food is delivered cold or frozen. Not everyone has what is needed to heat it and eat it, particularly the unwell and elderly, so let’s give those who need it fresh, hot meals.
- We want to feed more people by growing some of our own produce. Currently our garden produce spend is at market prices and directs funds to outside our rohe. We can involve the community in this process to shorten the supply chain. In turn we can maximise our quantity and quality, using the savings to create more food for our community.
- We want to share with our community how to cook from scratch. In the past we have provided 4 successful cooking skill courses for a total of 40 families and individuals. We can support and upskill more Te Puke people, including the next generation, to help them feed themselves well and on budget.
- We want to revive our property help programme. Before COVID we were running two Daily Help sessions per week. We can now again work with volunteers to support overwhelmed people to get back on top of their sections, supporting mental health all-round and showing them life skills to take it into the future. In some cases, this is the difference between retaining a tenancy and homelessness.
- We are bursting at the seams at our current site. We don’t have enough indoor and outdoor space currently for food storage or to safely grow to meet our aspirations. Our current lease is also due to expire in October this year.
Due to these factors we began to search for an alternative site with the aim to move in March 2023. We are currently working with Vincent House Trust to lease half of a large building at their Number 3 Road site, and things are looking good. We have an existing relationship with Vincent House, as they supported us greatly to tender and implement the Lunches in Schools programme in our current site.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to share our story with you.