FSNC’s Harvest Collaboration project involves linking Satisfy Food Rescue with growers to supply fresh produce, harvesters to collect the produce, and processors to process the excess produce into food supplies with a longer shelf life (ie, preserves, jams, frozen stewed fruit and jams).
We are working to expand our network of growers, harvesters, and processors, in order to reduce food waste, enable local skill development opportunities and community connection and support, and continue to strengthen food resilience in North Canterbury. Oxford and District Lions were the first group to connect to the Harvest Collaboration in late 2020 when FSNC funded seed potatoes and fertiliser for them to grow and donate back to Satisfy.
The partner organisations in FSNC consists of representatives from North Canterbury food banks, Social Services Waimakariri, Satisfy Food Rescue, Kaiapoi Food Forest, Waimakariri & Hurunui District Councils, Kaiapoi Community Garden, Oxford Community Trust, and Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust.
The Oxford and District Lions Group (ODLG) and Satisfy
Kaiapoi High School and Satisfy
Satisfy started working with the Kaiapoi High School in 2019 by supplying food for the breakfast club and after school activities, this has grown through FSNC Harvest Collaboration to include food donated to assist curriculum based learning such as preserving pears and feijoas and cooking donated mince and tomatoes to make lasagna. KHS will soon be teaching soup making with donated pumpkin from the Lions. This food is donated back to Satisfy to pass on to our foodbanks and community organisations supporting people in need.
Satisfy Food Rescue
Satisfy has been operational since 2015, they are currently distributing food to support 34 recipient organisations across North Canterbury. Satisfy has distributed over 750 tonnes of food to date which equates to over 2 million meals.