Food rescuers' support reaches far and wide

We had the pleasure of meeting John and Janice Milligan - founders of Christchurch’s City Harvest Food Rescue this week, Monday 29th October. 

Supported by a network of volunteers, they collect Christchurch’s surplus food from retailers, supermarkets and wholesalers before redistributing it to more than 50 charities across Canterbury.  

The not for profit organisation has now grown to become a 6-day full-time operation, turning around at least 36 tonne of food a month. With both an increase in demand and quantity of food, the team have recently moved into a more suitable premises on Kilmarnock Street. 

Their two vans make daily, sometimes twice daily collections, to major supermarkets and wholesalers rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, before returning to their HQ to sort and redistribute to those in need.  

Thanks to John, Janice and their army of volunteers – they are providing more than 18,000 meals a week to the people of Christchurch and surrounding area.  

Viv Patterson and Steve Kennedy, directors at EQ Consultants, had the pleasure of meeting John, Jan and the team this week. 

“Having seen and heard about Christchurch’s City Harvest Food Rescue efforts at the recent Champion Canterbury Awards, it was fantastic to be able to meet John and Jan and see all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. The incredible amount of food that is saved from landfill and redistributed to those in need is testament to their ongoing commitment and dedication to ensure a sustainable cycle for both our planet and people.”

City Harvest Food Rescue Trust John Janice Milligan with EQ Consultants

John Milligan (City Harvest Food Rescue), Viv Patterson (EQ Consultants), Steve Kennedy (EQ Consultants) and Janice Milligan (City Harvest Food Rescue).