Foodshare tips help make most of rescued food.
Foodshare food parcel recipients in Dunedin are set to receive information cards and recipes about the produce in their parcels, chief executive Deborah Manning says.
Ms Manning said the information cards and recipes would be given to social agencies who received boxes from the ‘‘food rescue’’ organisation, in the hope they would distribute them to their clients with food parcels.
The information cards — produced with help from the University of Otago’s human nutrition department — would give recipients information about the fruit and vegetables in their parcels, including what time of the year they were usually available, how to keep them in good condition and ways of using them, she said.
The recipes, which ranged from dips to main meals and desserts, used items found in the parcels as well as pantry staples and also offered substitute item options, Ms Manning said.
She was grateful for the assistance of the University of Otago’s human nutrition department, as Foodshare liked to collaborate with stakeholders.
‘‘It makes for amore supportive project and a more robust project.’’
The recipes had been trialled by Malcam Trust’s Farmhand programme clients to make sure they were easy to use and understand.
Ms Manning said the third part of the year-long food information project was cooking workshops, which were piloted this year.
The workshops were offered to several social agencies for use next year, with subjects including making baby food from fresh vegetables, cooking for a large family and one-pot meals for people living on their own, she said.
The recipes and information cards were available to download from the Foodshare website and would also be distributed in hard copy form to Foodshare distributors.
Foodshare manager Philippa Wood said they were grateful for the ongoing support of the community.
The Otago University Students Association has announced Foodshare will receive money left on electronic bracelets after the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival next month, while Columba College and Grant’s Braes School have organised mufti days to raise funds for Foodshare.
In Dunedin, Foodshare ‘‘rescues’’ quality excess food supermarkets would normally throw out and passes it on to social agencies. The organisation, funded entirely by donations, has saved more than 500 tonnes of food since 2012 and now distributes enough food to make 50,000 meals every month.