In 2020, the Turangi Foodbank was the grateful recipient of venison mince made available by the culling of Wapiti/Red deer in Fiordland. It made a huge difference, which is why the Foodbank reached out to the Sika Foundation in April 2021 to see if we could help again.
As a result, an ongoing initiative was launched to provide free-range venison mince to families in Turangi and Taupo that are struggling to make ends meet. The aim is to provide up to 100kg of meat per week, which will cut the local Foodbank’s weekly food budget in half.
Foodbanks are not government funded and rely on grants and donations to operate. They are experiencing high demand for emergency food parcels and Covid -19 is still having a huge impact on our communities. By feeding families we contribute to the wellbeing of the community, take pressure off families under stress financially and mentally, helping to reduce family harm, depression, and many other issues.
We have been in touch with the Ministry for Primary Industries to check on the regulations for donating recreational catch and have received guidance for such meat donations. The packages are labelled according to MPI’s instructions. The packaging for the mince parcels has been generously supplied at no cost by Stephan Pederson from Caspak, and Jaki Carson at Copy Solutions in Taupo has provided labels. The donated venison has been processed by Farm & Game Meats Ltd in Taupo.
Hunters, please do not drop your meat off at the foodbank yourself as it will have to go through the appropriate channels. Just contact us if you can help and we will provide you with all the details. Let’s help those who are most in need and to maximise the value of our incredible game animal resource.