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On the Road with Kai Kitchen

Rochelle Steer with Maria Ramsay, Chief Executive of TSB Community Trust, and ‘Sammy’ (Kai Kitchen’s new van)
Rochelle Steer with Maria Ramsay, Chief Executive of TSB Community Trust, and ‘Sammy’ (Kai Kitchen’s new van)

Kai Kitchen are out and about on the road in South Taranaki with their new van 'Sammy' purchased in July with assistance from TSB Community Trust.

Formed in 2015 by Rochelle Steer and supporters, the Hawera based community group provide school lunches to hungry children and donated goods to families in need.

In July this year TSB Community Trust heard the voluntary group needed help to purchase a van.

Our staff contacted the group to learn more and explore whether support could be given. The result was a $25,000 grant towards the vehicle.

Rochelle Steer, Kai Kitchen’s Co-ordinator said "We were blown away to find out we could even apply for a grant. We have never tried to apply as we are not a registered charity”.

TSB Community Trust is keen to support other community groups creating better outcomes for Taranaki children and young people. In 2016 the Trust adopted a strategic focus on supporting child and youth wellbeing, with a focus on the ‘early years’.

While the Trust’s long-term strategic work partnering with communities is going to take time, we also have flexibility to support community groups making a positive difference in the lives of Taranaki children and youth right now.

There are several ways such support can be provided. Groups may be able to apply for an Operational, Capital or Programme and Event Grant, or for help with building capacity to deliver better results, or for assistance to explore opportunities to work with others to achieve outcomes.

Our staff can discuss ideas and if eligible, help talk groups through an application. To find out more refer to our What We Fund pages on this website, or contact the Trust office.