With many Auckland families coping with financial stresses as a result of Covid-19, many for the first time in their lives, two new charitable initiatives have been launched to help.
The initiatives include the printing of 5000 ZERO WASTE cookbooks called Easy Choice Family Kai books to help families shop for, cook and eat affordable and healthy food with each ingredients costing around $65. The books contain four weekly meal plans with five dinner recipes. Each recipe is designed to feed a family of six (two adults and four children under 10) or four adults.
The books also come with shopping and money saving tips and tricks for how to make the most of your purchases. Meals include roast chicken, nasi goreng, lentil bolognese and cheese and bacon bread pudding.
Free online video demonstrations will be hosted by New Zealand Culinary Fare medal-winning chef Steve Weston who says all of the recipes are nutritionally balanced with healthy ingredients including vegetables, beans and whole grains.
“The recipes are wholesome and hearty with no fuss required to bring a good quality meal to the family table. Some of the recipes are particularly generous which means there are leftovers which can be frozen or used for lunch the next day,” he says.
The second initiative has been developed by the West Auckland Together Collective with the distribution of 7000 copies of a homelessness housing and community resources booklet.
The booklet lists emergency housing information, publicly accessible showers, laundry, WIFI and free community pantries.
“In a climate of constrained resources, working together to help communities harness the power of collective impact is a highly effective approach.” says Lynette Adams, Sport Waitakere CEO and spokesperson for the West Auckland Together Collective. “The collective invites sectors to work in partnership towards a shared goal, whilst bringing sustainable change to the people of West Auckland.”
Allan Pollard CEO of The Trusts who have funded the initiatives says there is a rapidly growing community need for better information and resources to support those financially hardest hit by COVID-19.
“Every day we are hearing more and more about the scale of business closures … we are immensely grateful to have the opportunity to help the organisations on the frontline supporting those who simply don’t have anywhere else to turn for help.”