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Partnering to help out where we can - delivering milk and food to those in need

  • April 15, 2020
  • 1 min read

When New Zealand went into Covid-19 lockdown Fonterra’s In-School programmes (Fonterra Milk for Schools and KickStart Breakfast) let Principals know that, at their discretion, they could send product that was already at schools’ home with those most in need.

KickStart Breakfast is a partnership with Sanitarium and the New Zealand Government that provides Anchor milk and Weet-Bix to all New Zealand Schools. Fonterra Milk for Schools provides free milk to New Zealand Primary Schools. 

With schools closed for at least four weeks, the team switched their focus to see how the Co-operative could do its bit in helping the wider community where it could.

Now, the team are providing nearly one million serves of Anchor milk to communities throughout the country. 

Manager of In-School Programmes Vania Martins- Fouche says the team quickly realised that getting milk to these communities during lockdown was something they’d need a bit of help with, so they’ve enlisted the help of The Salvation Army, Eat My Lunch, Whānau Ora and Kiwi Harvest.

“We were looking for charity partners that had a wider distribution network and would be able to take the milk into the heart of the communities during the lockdown period, the four groups we’ve chosen fits this bill – it’s a real example of Good Together,” Vania says.

*Good Together are the words we use to talk about our Co-op’s purpose, values and strategy.