It’s an exciting time for Kempsey-based Mid North Coast food operation, No Kid Hungry Au, which feeds more than 19,000 people.
The organisation has secured further support from major companies and will be on the receiving end of a fundraising motorbike ride in March. No Kid Hungry Au is also in talks with other groups to consolidate offices into one big warehouse for the purpose of cutting the cost of renting separate office locations.
“At the moment we’re paying $400 a week to rent the warehouse,” founder of No Kid Hungry Au Dave Davis told the Argus.
“Just talking to some of the other Adventist groups, some charities are paying $1600 a week – it’s a lot to pay.”
The six to seven different charities will aim to each chip in rent at a new mega warehouse.
”We’ll all be working separately under the one roof. This way we can each pay less rent, continue the work we’re doing but also help each other where needed.
Mr Davis also announced the support of major food brand Sanitarium.
“They will providing Weetbix, SoGood and other Sanitarium products to No Kid Hungry Au free of charge to distribute to local schools,” Mr Davis said.
While No Kid Hungry Au has garnered fresh support from large companies, individuals from the Macleay Valley are also getting around the organisation.
A fundraising motorbike ride will take place on May 14 – 19 when local man Craig Jago will lead a trip from South West Rocks to Brisbane and back.
“The idea came about when a friend of mine said we should do a motorbike ride from SWR to Brisbane for fun and I thought, why not do the ride for a local charity,” Mr Jago told the Argus.
”When my wife and I moved to South West Rocks, we were tight on cash because of the thousands we’d just spent on relocating.
“I saw a post about No Kid Hungry Au and thought it was a scam. Since then, the charity has helped us get on top of our savings and keep fresh food on the table – so it’s great to be able to give back to them,” he said.
The ride is open for everyone to get involved in both in terms of donating to the cause and participating in the ride. The idea is to gain sponsorship at a donation of 1c to $1 per km with the total distance of the ride being 2,000 km return.
A donation link will be made available on the No Kid Hungry Au website over the weekend.
Kempsey-based No Kid Hungry Au feeds around 19,750 people up and down the Mid North Coast and relies heavily on food donations from companies as well as a charity shipping account with pallet company CHEP to transport produce over long distances.