Sweet Louise is grateful for the support of Foodstuffs NZ during what is a very challenging time for New Zealanders affected by incurable breast cancer. Being part of their “Here for NZ” programme, means we can provide emergency supermarket vouchers for families facing financial hardship, helping make sure they can access healthy and affordable food.
When this year's Covid-19 pandemic hit, it became clear that many New Zealanders were in need of support.
Foodstuffs, whose brands include New World, PAK'n'SAVE, Four Square, Gilmours and Trents, responded by setting up an emergency support fund with a focus on ensuring New Zealanders had access to healthy affordable food during lockdown and the months following, when jobs and incomes continued to be affected.
CEO of Foodstuffs North Island Chris Quin says delivering that support was the catalyst for 'Here for NZ': "We soon realised this wasn't going to be a short sharp economic or financial shock. Covid-19 and its aftermath is something New Zealand and the wider global community are going to be dealing with for potentially years to come.
"Many New Zealand families are struggling to make ends meet and connecting with organisations who are experts in reaching those most in need is the single most effective way we can make a meaningful difference."
Sweet Louise CEO Catrin Devonald, adds: “Many people find themselves in a challenging financial situation after having to stop work following a diagnosis of incurable breast cancer.
“Often their first thought is about how they will be able to feed their families and being able to give them emergency supermarket vouchers relieves some of that pressure.
"It's direct support that really makes a massive difference."