MG, New Zealand’s leading wholesale grower-cooperative, and Dole, one of the world's largest producer of fruit, have joined forces to deliver a national initiative.
The Salvation Army partners, MG Marketing and Dole New Zealand Ltd, have launched the "Good Bunch" programme, intent on donating 48,000 bananas annually to foodbanks throughout the country. The partnership will see cartons of Dole bananas donated weekly to local foodbanks through MG’s national network of nine branches.
Aside from donating highly nutritious bananas, a major benefit of the partnership is the link created between local foodbanks, MG branches and local growers, with the Good Bunch programme providing a platform from which to build upon.
Voxy.co.nz quoted MG GM of Communications and Sustainability, Ellery Tappin, as saying: "The Salvation Army foodbanks are a lifeline for New Zealand’s most vulnerable and at MG we are acutely aware that now, more than ever, the demand for their services is on the rise. By working in partnership with Dole and The Salvation Army we are pleased we can contribute to those in need in our communities and are also keen to grow this model to provide a wider range of fresh fruit and vegetables in the future."
"Dole is proud to launch this initiative as it aligns with our global objectives to work with our global network of partners to make a real and measurable impact in the communities they operate within," said Kamilla Camilo Senior Marketing Manager, Dole New Zealand.