Thursday, 03 December 2020


Monday meals are back - takeaway style

Monday Meals, the Mercury Bay Community Trust initiative that provides a home-cooked meal each week for those in need, is back but with a new look.

From Monday, 20 July, the meals will be available for takeaway from the kitchen window between St Andrews by the Sea Community Church and the Church Op-shop in Owen Street, Whitianga, with those who would like a meal being asked to complete an order form in order to help the trust get a better understanding of the demand.

Monday Meals were suspended during the COVID-19 lockdown and the trustees of the trust have used the time to reflect on the future of the service and how best to continue helping the community, while also simplifying the task for those who volunteer their time to help produce and serve the meals.

Trustee, Sandy Herbert, said organising the previous sit-down dinner at St Andrews was a massive task for a small number of people and it was never clear from week to week how many people would want to make use of the service. “We are just wanting to have a look at how we can best use our time and resources,” she said. “By preparing and freezing the meals in advance we will not only reduce waste, but we can involve more of our trustees and volunteers in coming together to cook and package up the meals ready for collection.

“Providing a frozen meal will also give those who receive them a bit of flexibility so if they don’t feel like having it straight away, they can enjoy it later in the week.”

Regulars will not need to book each week and can simply place a standing order. The order form (published below) can be completed and dropped off at the op-Shop. Orders can also be placed by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or texting (021) 064 5684.

“We will of course have some spare meals each week so people will still be able to turn up even if they haven’t put their order in,” Sandy said. “We certainly don’t want anyone to miss out, but the trust thinks it is important for us to take the time to get to know what the needs of the community are at this time.”

Dedicated cooking sessions will happen once or twice a month with healthy, filling, high quality meals planned and prepared by the trustees and other volunteers.

Sandy is asking for the community’s support in helping to deliver meals to others who may appreciate receiving one. “If you are coming to pick up a meal, may you have a neighbour who finds it hard to get out and you could drop one off for them,” she says. “This is a new way of working for us, so I’m sure there will be some things that we need to figure out as we go along, but we are delighted to be back and look forward to seeing everyone on 20 July.”

Pictured: Mercury Bay Community Support Trust volunteers, Sandy Herbert and Alastair Rogers, are ready to help with the preparation of the frozen Monday Meals that will be available for takeaway from the kitchen window between St Andrews by the Sea Community Church and the Church Op-shop in Owen Street, Whitianga from Monday, 20 July.


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