20 4 2020

The donation of a Renault van has given a timely boost to the food distribution charity Love Soup Rotorua.

The donation came as a nice birthday present for Love Soup Rotorua, which was celebrating its sixth year of operation.

Coordinator, Elmer Peiffer, told The Mud the van had a lot more room, with the back doors opening Vwide enough to fit in a pallet of food if required.

The organisation’s old van had “kicked the bucket”, and a volunteer, Sue Herbert, contacted the local Hyundai dealership for the use of a vehicle, which in turn Renault NZ got in touch with Love Soup Rotorua with an offer of the use of a 2019 Renault Trafic.  The van has been made available for the COVID-19 lockdown period.

Love Soup Rotorua does daily pick-ups of available produce and bakery items from three Countdown stores.  When it started in Rotorua in 2014, it was collecting from one of the stores.  As well as Countdown stores, bakeries and other outlets also make donations under normal conditions.

Lockdown or not, people still needed food, so Love Soup Rotorua registered as an Essential Service with the Ministry of Primary Industries.

Distribution is as follows:

MONDAY: Mokoia Community Center, Corner Vaughn Rd and Owhata 11:30 a.m.

TUESDAY: Hall, corner Old Taupo Rd and Devon St next to church. 1 PM.

WEDNESDAY: Ngongotaha, is now also at the Hall, corner Old Taupo Rd and Devon street next to church. 12:30

Murupara/Minginui alternate weeks.

THURSDAY:  Hall, corner Old Taupo Rd and Devon St. 1 PM.

FRIDAY: Hall, corner Old Taupo Rd and Devon St. midday.

SATURDAY:  Hall, corner Old Taupo Rd and Devon St. 1 PM.


Mamaku - Trinity church. midday

SUNDAY: Brooklyn Road Community House. midday

Koutu Waikite clubroom carpark. 11am

Fordlands will be at the Hall, corner Old Taupo & Devon midday

If you are in a Vehicle, please STAY inside your car,

If on foot, please maintain the 2-metre distance between yourself and others.

The Love Soup crew will direct you.


Love Soup’s Dinner services for its homeless have been suspended until further notice.

“We can confirm that those who came to our dinners are being fed one way or another,” Love Soup said in a message.

“Please remain calm, we have taken every step necessa ry to ensure we continue to provide for those in need.”

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Van donation birthday gift for Love Soup Rotorua

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