Business leaders helping with hunger

High profile CEOs will be guided by three top Auckland chefs to prepare a three-course meal for 200 at St Matthew-in-the-City as part of the Auckland City Mission Cook-Off. The Mission hoping to raise $250,000, as well as highlight growing food insecurity among Auckland’s most vulnerable.

Auckland City Missioner Chris Farrelly said the event is important not only for the fundraising but to strengthen ties within the community with something simple and universal: a meal.

“We want to bring the business and hospitality community together with people who are struggling, to share food, tell stories and build connections,” he said.

Cook-off guests will include a mix of homeless clients and low-income families the Mission works with. Representatives from Alsco, Mitre 10, Barfoot and Thompson, BP, REINZ, Ecostore, Rotary Club of Auckland, Red Bull, ASB, Simplicity and Vista group are taking part in the Cook-Off.

Demand for Mission services grew to unprecedented levels in 2018 – the Mission provided more than 21,000 emergency food parcels for families and individuals, who otherwise would be going hungry. These parcels provide 893,844 meals.