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Fresh is the best

Sunday June 14, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Mereina Herman, left, Mata Tangata, Annafaye Newbigging, Maureen Matapakia, Tia Hoff and Maru Mariri-Tepou go green. 20061118. Mereina Herman, left, Mata Tangata, Annafaye Newbigging, Maureen Matapakia, Tia Hoff and Maru Mariri-Tepou go green. 20061118.

Garden-fresh vegetables and crops were tenderly packed into 100 kikau baskets and distributed this week to families feeling the strain of providing good wholesome meals on their tables.

Ministry of Internal Affairs staff and volunteers were kept busy at the Sinai hall, sorting out the kikau hampers laden with tomatoes, bok choy, cucumbers, kumara, rukau, capsicum, taro, lettuce, eggs and bread.

The ministry’s national children’s coordinator, Mata Tangata, said farmers were among the many people who had felt the pinch of the Covid-19 crisis. “We thought of a way to not only help them out, but also assist families who are struggling to buy good food.”

“We wanted to deliver fresh healthy food to families and help out our growers by purchasing their harvested crops and distributing them to families.

“This Tapora Kai Enua project was made possible with the helpful financial support from the United Nations Development Programme, that we are very grateful for,’ said Tangata.

Growers were happy to have their produce purchased and bread loaves were bought from both the Turoa and Avarua bakeries, she added.

The baskets were delivered to the doors of needy homes.

Tangata say, fresh produce will be purchased at a later date to deliver to more families.