14 Jun 2015

Food charity faces closure

11:37 am on 14 June 2015

A charity that helps feed more than 100 people in need every day could be forced to close if it cannot get the $100,000 it needs to fit out new premises.

Just Zilch

The Just Zilch van. Photo: Facebook

The Palmerston North-based nonprofit organisation, Just Zilch, gets surplus goods from local food suppliers and gives them away to an average of 120 people a day.

However, it needs to move from its current site and to raise funds to fit out a new store.

Director Rebecca Culver said charging its clients was not an option.

"A lot of people have suggested: why don't you charge 50 cents, why don't you charge for it? It kid of defeats the purpose. If you're down and out you don't actually have 50 cents or a dollar to give.

"A lot of the people we see are at the end of their tether."

She said in the past year, the charity had given out more than 200,000 items to families in need.