Crossroads Marlborough Charitable Trust
“To empower the people of Blenheim through meaningful social connections, food security and proper housing”
We harvest, gather and rescue food in our local community. To sort and distribute to those in need
We make meals soups, daily in our Koha cafe. Wednesday night is our weekly community 2 course meal.
At our Urban Harvest food stand, the Harvest is available for the public.Gold coin donation.
We pass surplus food items on to organisations such as Te Piki Oranga, St Vincent De Paul’s, Marlborough Food Bank, Marlborough Youth Trust.
Crossroads prides itself on enabling social interactions and connections to be made without stigma or prejudice, thus eliminating social or physical isolation. We understand that social development means investing in people. It requires the removal of barriers so that all citizens can journey toward their dreams with confidence and dignity. In this regard, we have a ‘come as you are’ policy; this means we never turn anyone away. We provide a shower, washing machine and dryer to those in need, and provide emergency food parcels to people in desperate need of food that night, while they await food parcels from the food bank the next day.
We refuse to accept that people who live in poverty will always be impoverished; it is just a moment in their lives, it does not define them. By working together with other organisations and Marlborough residents, we hope people unhindered by red tape and paperwork will get back their dignity and ability to provide for themselves.
We help to enable the physical and emotional well-being in our communities, through such programmes as:
- Daily breakfast and lunches
- John’s Kitchen Wednesday night meals
- Weekly ‘sit and be fit’ programme
- Advocacy and Listening
- Board Game Thursdays
- Movie day Fridays
- Monthly inclusion promotions i.e. Neighbours Day BBQ, Mother’s Day High Tea, Matariki meal, International Friendship Day Dinner. All designed to bring people together, enabling connections to be made with fellow Marlborough residents.
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Frozen and fresh meat
- Dairy products
- Frozen food
- Pre-packaged food in sealed, original packaging
- Unserved food from catering
- Bread and bakery products
- Fruit juice and non alcoholic beverages
- Shellfish and high risk seafood
- Raw chicken
- Food that has decayed or spoiled
- Food past its use by or expiry date
- Catered food that has already been served to customers.
- Scraps, peelings, leftovers.
- Food in opened or damaged packaging
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2 Redwood St, Blenheim
Lauren comes from Parliament in Wellington. She moved to Blenheim at the end of 2018 with her fiance Harry. Originally from Nelson, Lauren has been to Blenheim multiple times over the years and is happy to now call it home. With a history in hospitality, administration, and advocacy. Lauren brings with her passion and experience.
Richard was raised on a small North Canterbury farm, and has worked in hospitality and tourism for most of his adult life. Richard has been involved in some interesting projects; Youth With A Mission training school and led a team in Phnom Phen with a NGO called “Daughters of Cambodia” where he was actively involved in a training and employment skills program through their visitors cafe.
Richard lives in Blenheim with his wife Tettra and two children.