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Sharing the Love in Waitakere

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Almost a year after being founded by a group of very caring people, Share the Love Waitakere is successfully helping to provide at least one good meal every week to up to 250 West Aucklanders in need.

Share the Love Waitakere is a not for profit charity, is not government funded and relies on sponsors Fresh Choice Ranui and Simplicity Funerals, public donations and weekly fundraisers to fund the costs of providing help to families who would otherwise go hungry.

Anybody in need is welcome to come to the Tea Tree Cafe at 5pm on Mondays to share in a meal, comfort, advice, support, company and friendship. Sometimes people can’t help their circumstances so there is no judgement and no strings attached, just a free service for those in need.

The committee is backed by a large volunteer base of dedicated people who come and help serve in the kitchen and also lend a hand with fundraisers when needed.

The committee meets regularly to discuss plans for how to grow the service and if possible reach out beyond the Ranui community where Share Love Waitakere began.

Fundraising is now underway to achieve the ambitious long term goal of purchasing a food truck to take the service on the road to other West Auckland suburbs to feed more of those in need and aid those living in poverty, we are currently fundraising to make this happen.

Share the Love also wants to help ease some of the undernourishment issues for a number of school children, by providing free healthy lunches to all students at West Auckland Primary Schools.

If you would like to make a donation towards the purchase of the Food Truck, you can do so on Givealittle at: https:// givealittle.co.nz/cause/foodtruck. If you can help any other way, they’d love to hear from you.