It Starts with a Meal | The Salvation Army

It Starts with a Meal

The last two years of Covid reality have been tough, especially on our already struggling communities, and Christmas often amplifies the daily stresses of those living in hardship.

Jess’ Underground Kitchen (JUK) recognised the increased need for support and partnered with The Salvation Army. Jess Daniell, founder of JUK, says, ‘partnering with The Salvation Army was an easy decision for us’.

Jess says, ‘Our mission is to spread good food to as many Kiwis as possible. We knew that partnering with The Salvation Army would help us to reach a huge community of those in need, and also an army of volunteers who are often in the shadows and deserve the hug of a warm, homemade meal’.

Jess and her team at JUK created an exclusive readyto-eat Christmas meal to pay it forward with their ‘Give the Gift of a Meal’ initiative to support the Sallies at Christmas time.

Food support is important because it is often the gateway to accessing further support services at The Salvation Army and can spark the beginnings of long-term transformational change.

Jess also made a trip to The Salvation Army in Manukau, to give Christmas meals to our front-line workers. She says ‘it’s so important to recognise the staff and volunteers in and around our communities, who are working tirelessly to give back. The last two years have been tough, and with more people than ever needing the support of your frontline workers, we wanted to make sure they had a special thank you in the form of a home-cooked meal. Because what gift is more warming than the gift of food!’

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