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CLT supports KiwiHarvest’s double-edged solution

It is not often that a project addresses two major issues at once, but that is exactly what KiwiHarvest is doing. This charitable organisation reduces waste by “rescuing” surplus food, and then channels it to those in need of food support. Working with a wide network of community organisations, KiwiHarvest provides around 6,800 meals per week in the Central Lakes Trust (CLT) region.

“The board was very impressed by how KiwiHarvest combines social wellbeing with positive environmental impact,” says Mat Begg, Grants Manager for CLT. “Their dedication to supporting families in need while reducing food waste is not only admirable, but also serves as a shining example of how organisations can create meaningful change.”

At the CLT board meeting held on 25 September 2023 a grant totalling $111,775 was approved to support KiwiHarvest with operational costs over the coming 18 months.

Another significant grant approved was $100,000 to Age Concern Otago. Their support extends to addressing housing-related issues, legal matters, health promotion seminars, education on safe computer usage, safe driving, and combating loneliness and isolation, particularly affecting the elderly.

“As our elderly population continues to grow, the work of Age Concern Otago becomes increasingly important. CLT has a longstanding relationship with Age Concern Otago, and we are proud to continue supporting their efforts through the coming year.”

Alexandra Community House received $71,600 towards the modification of their foyer. This project will benefit the over 180 users and groups that make use of the space by increasing its security, accessibility, and usability. Additionally, the proposed changes will create a more inviting atmosphere to draw people in.


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