The Artisan is located at 110 Queen Street East, Hastings, suppliers of Havana coffee, a great selection of freshly baked artisan bread and pastries, and a mouthwatering display of sweet treats in the cabinets.
Located at 5 Cooper Street in Havelock North, every day Te Mata Te Mata Bakehouse create some of the Hawkes Bays best bread, buns, cakes, and pastries from scratch.
We sat down with Katie, the owner of The Artisan, to discuss The Artisan and Te Mata Bakehouse’s support for Nourished for Nil.
How did you find out about Nourished for Nil?
Christina and Louise dropped into The Artisan before Christmas last year to have a chat about their plans for Nourished for Nil and came back shortly before Nourished for Nil was launched at the start of this year.
Where did surplus food go before you began donating to Nourished for Nil?
Staff were given the first choice of taking anything home they would like, then everything else would go into our scrap buckets for the pigs.
What makes the Nourished for Nil cause so appealing to you?
I really appreciate that everything is going to people that might not otherwise be able to source high quality, nutritious food. Also, Nourished for Nil make the whole process so easy – they come and pick up the surplus food, meaning there’s no extra work involved for the staff at either location.
How often do you donate to Nourished for Nil?
Every day we are open – Monday to Friday.
What types of food are you donating?
Bread, sandwiches, salad and sweets – anything that we have left over from our cabinet each day.
What works well with the Nourished for Nil donation process for you?
Nourished for Nil take care of any of the hard work – they arrive each day to pick the food up, and I don’t have to give it another thought. I also really appreciate that the surplus food is staying locally in Hastings and supporting people in the local community.
What would you say to other sponsors considering donating to Nourished for Nil?
There’s a way to work it so that the donation process is benefiting everyone – my staff still get the option of taking any surplus food they would like first. The food is also taken and distributed on the same day, so from a food safety point of view there are no issues. Everyone should do get involved and donate their surplus food if they have the opportunity.
Do you have any other comments?
Louise and Christina have done a great job organising Nourished for Nil. It’s not easy balancing families and making time for causes you’re passionate about, but they make it look easy. I appreciate the work that they and the volunteer team are putting into the service they provide. It’s also good to see the way that Nourished for Nil brings the community together at their depot during their distribution hours.