Because no one should have to rummage through the rubbish for food
Sunday Blessings believes that no one surviving without shelter should be forced to search through rubbish bins for food, especially when local business in areas impacted by homelessness have daily food surplus.
Since formation in 2018 we have coordinated over 40,000 meals predominantly from food waste for the unhorsed community of Auckland central, each Sunday at the Ellen Melville Centre.
We offer an answer to food insecurity every Sunday alongside our partners Orange Sky who provide shower and washing services. When provide community donated clothing, blankets and more where we can.
With the impact Covid 19 has had on local business operations, we have lost alot of our surplus food donations, but we have not lost our enthusiasm to keep providing nor our large volunteer army.
This is where we ask the community for help to help our un-homed.
When donating to us 100% of the funds raised go to the people who need it.
Our goal is to use what donations the community can spare to keep providing evening food until local business surplus is available. This will take time.
We have ongoing affiliations with the following awesome groups/organisations:
AUT, Koha Apparel, The Ellen Melville Centre, Starbucks Symonds St, Glendowie Primary, Tender Love & Care, St Georges rowing Cook Strait crossing crew, Orange Sky, maybe your group?!
Danielle and Laurie
Sunday Blessings: Less Talk, More Do
Co-founder of Sunday Blessings and co-chair of Community Groups Feed the Homeless Incorporated.
All of any donation received goes to providing meals to the people who are suffering from food insecurity
Waitangi Day 2022 6 February 2022
This Sunday 6th February marks 182 years since our Māori Indigenous peoples signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi, a founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal system.
In a contemporary society, principles of Partnership, Participation, Protection (& more) between Māori and the Crown are well-established under this framework.
Article 3 of both Te Tiriti and The Treaty do not differ in “translation” and agree to protection, rights and benefits to Māori as British subjects.
Why then, I ask, are the majority of people lining up this Waitangi Day for free food services, run by myself and partners in central Tāmaki Makaurau brown?
You may secretly think “oh those people just need to take responsibility and get a job”, perhaps a job that enables them to pay for adequate housing as well as food. That is your prerogative to have any thought you wish of course.
Tell me though, should these same individual responsibilities apply for children who are housing/food insecure?
Given the undertakings of our founding legal documents, why are our Māori children still lining up at meals like ours for a human necessity, as well as presenting at a disproportionate rate within other national system failures intersecting with poverty?
Stand with us to remind our government of protective human rights obligations grounded in article 3 of Te Tiriti/The Treaty this Waitangi weekend, and sign our petition.
We seek laws to be changed to reflect those overseas that regulate or prohibit edible food waste going to landfill; instead being directed to those who are food insecure.
We seek livable incomes and equal opportunities for all, with access to education and ability for healthy food growth.
We seek protection of our most vulnerable by removing all obstacles to nutritious food for those who are food insecure.
Please help us make this dream a reality by giving us a chance to present in the House of Representatives.
Take 1 minute and sign our petition.
Thank you so much for your support, hugely needed this time of year and will go direct to the people who need it. At least 40 people will receive meals from this. Thank you again