Moana New Zealand helping Palmerston North residents in need
5 May 2020
Story courtesy of Seafood NZ
Iwi-owned fishing company Moana New Zealand is helping the Palmerston North community by creating thousands of ready-to-eat meals for those in need.
Moana, in collaboration with Palmerston North Civil Defence emergency operations centre and the Salvation Army, have been working to deliver more than 8000 meals to the city’s vulnerable. Moana general manager of innovation, marketing and sales Dean Pennell said the products are simple heat and eat meals, that have long shelf lives and don’t require refrigeration. “They are perfect for care packages in these uncertain times,” Pennell said.
The pouch-meals include chilli con carne, butter chicken and sweet potato Thai red curry – and all are made with local products. The Salvation Army is supplying about 250 families a day, up from its normal service of about 30 a day. Emergency operations centre controller Sharon Grant said the meals are a great supplement for ensuring there’s quality food on the table for those in need.
“We’re proud to be doing our part and it’s great to see how the community have come together.”
Moana updated its procedures under Covid-19 requirements and has been audited as safe to operate as an essential service by the Ministry for Primary Industries.