Following the success of last year’s inaugural GF Cares Long Lunch, the HR team took the opportunity to organise the event again. Customers and suppliers were invited to enjoy a fabulous lunch cooked by some of New Zealand’s top chefs at the 8.2 Restaurant in Auckland on Sunday 22 March.

Working alongside Annabelle White, this year we raised a massive $28,000 for GF Cares.

Annabelle and her fabulous team of well-known chefs, Des Harris (Clooney), Sean Marshall (The Matterhorn and The White Rabbit), Rodney Greaves (Formerly Quince Café and The Regent of Auckland) and Mark Gregory (Master of Culinary Arts and Dine Aid) prepared the food for our guests and were served by the HR team.

The day was filled with great entertainment; Annabelle and former All Black Frank Bunce hosted the event, including a hilarious demonstration with the participation of some guests on ‘How not to make a cheese sandwich’. Following the lunch an auction took place with items including signed sports memorabilia, accommodation packages and an iPhone 6.

The auction item that went for the highest price was a lunch with Paul Henry and Annabelle at Orbit Restaurant which went for $5,500. This item was kindly donated by Paul Henry, and the lucky winner will be dining at Orbit Restaurant at Sky City with him and Annabelle soon.

The Goodman Fielder Ernest Adams site in Palmerston North recently hosted the Palmerston North Methodist Social Services team at the site and presented a grant valued at $3000 to the charity on behalf of GF Cares Trust. Colin Gaskin was chosen to present the cheque due to his part in being one of the very first contributors to GF Cares when it was first formed. Colin donated his long service award and topped this up amount up to $1000. Great work Colin - thanks for your generous donation. The other part of the sum donated was raised by Dallas Vince through his efforts in the boxing ring with a view to helping organisations in the Palmerston North area

The GF Cares Trust recently made a grant of $5000 to KidsCan Charity during their lunchbox appeal. Staff at GF's Head Office in Nelson Street presented a cheque to John Campbell from TV3's Campbell Live programme. John entertained the team with some great stories from his recent time on the political trails in the lead up to the election - thanks for coming John and congrats to all the Campbell Live team and all other organisations that donated to KidsCan's Lunchbox Day Appeal - the team at GF Cares admire your generosity and great deeds!

GF people from our Nelson Street Head Office have been utilising their half day per annum volunteering leave to assist the team at Feed the Need as they go about feeding the children at Manurewa East and South Schools. Volunteers help prepare these healthy lunches at the Salvation Army base in Mount Wellington and then distribute these nutritious meals to hungry kids in the respective schools. GF Cares Trust is a financial sponsor of the Feed the Need school programme and it is great to have the opportunity to see how the funds raised by GF staff are invested in the community and this very worthwhile cause. Staff will be working 2 days a week for the duration of the programme to ensure there are enough hands on deck to feed the kids in Manurewa.

Thanks Kerry and the team at Feed the Need - you are doing a great job and we are proud to be associated with your initiative.

GF Cares Team

The team at GF's Nelson Street Head Office have pulled together to raise the fantastic sum of $6000 for GF Cares through our World Cup initiative. With each functional team adopting a country to support the whole Nelson Street site was full of vibrant colours, flags and country specific paraphernalia. Our Route & Foodservice Sales team took out top honours for the best dressed area of the business and will have a catered team function as their prize for all the great effort and clever imagery in their doomed quest of supporting England. They also managed to entertain the masses with a well choreographed performance of "Morris" dancing.

Other great activities included a very entertaining Fashion show hosted by our Human Resources team and the inaugural GF Foosball World Cup Championship taken out by the pairing of Derek Larsen and David Blythe. The Customer Services and CAC teams hosted a great versions of "GF - The Voice" with Marissa Holder being crowned as the champion.There were many other great fundraising ideas with raffles, auctions, breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas with all contributing to this great event.

The Marketing team targeted our friends in the business world with the offer of quality Puhoi Valley cheeseboards with all profits going to GF Cares. This initiative was very well supported with the Marketing team raising approximately $2000. Thanks to all our supporters out there - we know you will have enjoyed those cheeseboards and also thanks to Hayden Baker for being the chief organiser. The Marketing team have won a night at our GF Corporate Box as a well deserved reward for their efforts. Thanks to all our teams for being part of a fun and very worthwhile cause - helping us to fight poverty in NZ!

The team at our Quality Bakers site in Dunedin have presented a cheque to the Otago Community Hospice recently after some great fundraising. The QB Dunedin team worked with family, friends and suppliers to run a great golf tournament at the Green Island golf course and in the process raised the sum of $3670 from the event. By all accounts it was an awesome day out in the deep south and the team are planning some other great fund-raisers for GF Cares as part of their planning for this year. Special thanks to Sharon Watson, Marcus James, Phil Parker and Michael Stuart for taking the lead in this great initiative and congratulations on your success!

Staff at Goodman Fielder's New Zealand Head Office are using the Football World Cup as an opportunity to raise funds for GF Cares and have some fun along the way. Various functional teams in the business were allocated a nation to support for the World Cup tournament and the teams were quick to get in behind their respective countries. The result was an office full of flags, bunting and country specific paraphernalia through Head Office. As some of our photos show we have some great talent within the business!

While the office looks great team were also quick to get down to the key task of raising funds for GF cares to continue the fight against poverty in our country. Teams organised breakfasts, morning teas, afternoon teas, football sweepstakes and even the GF Foosball World Cup! Other activities still to come include a fashion show, Independence day celebrations, raffles, a quiz night and GF "The Voice" talent contest. At the end of June teams had raised over $2000 with more to come from activities yet to be completed in July.

Goodman Fielder Cares Trust Chair Ian Fraser recently announced the Trust's first round of grants to organisations fighting poverty in New Zealand. Mr Fraser said he was delighted to announce the first round of grants to a group of organisations that were really tackling the problem of poverty in New Zealand head-on and thanked them for their efforts.

The first grant to the Auckland City Mission was for $11,000 and the Mission had already arranged for a replacement vehicle for their field staff from the proceeds of the grant. The Mission was also committed to run a series of cooking classes to help their clientele learn some basic cooking skills utilising ingredients that are often included in food parcels that are distributed to people in need.. The Mission team were going to be assisted by the team at Cook the Books in the execution of this initiative.

The second grant was to the Feed the Need Charity for $23,000. Feed the Need is tackling child poverty in low decile South Auckland schools and GF Cares will be sponsoring the Manurewa East School for the 2014 winter season. Feed the Need provides all children at the school three nutritious meals per week for the winter period and Goodman Fielder employees will also be involved in the preparation and delivery of these meals as part of the company's employee volunteering scheme.

Goodman Fielder Cares Trust also announced that a grant of $3670 was presented to the Otago Community Hospice as part of the first round. The Hospice does outstanding work in the Otago community and the local Quality Bakers site team in Dunedin had specifically raised funds for this organisation, prior to the formation of GF Cares, to assist them in their endeavours.

The Trust is looking at another round of announcements in the near future for organisations tackling poverty in the lower North Island.

On Sunday the HR Team held the GF Cares Charity Luncheon at Eight Point Two restaurant in Birkenhead.

The day started out with the team rolling up their sleeves and slicing and dicing food in the kitchen with Annabelle White and NZ’s top chefs Des Harris, Braedyn Birss, Rodney Greaves and Mark Gregory.

The guests arrived at 12.30pm and were escorted out to the courtyard with greeted with Champagne cocktails accompanied with Puhoi Brie Mini Cheese Muffin canapés made by our very own Claire Chibnall. The guests were then ushered inside to take a seat at the beautifully dressed tables.

After wiping off the excess food from our clothes from prepping the food, the team got into waitress mode and started to serve the amazing four course meal, the pictures of the food don’t come close to showing how amazing it tasted!

The afternoon wrapped up with a charity auction where we had 10 amazing items to help raise money for GF Cares. Some of the items include an Audi Track Experience, a Leveno tablet, a Deluxe Mystery Break Package and a Breakers Experience.

When the HR team put together the proposal for this event, we were told that we had zero budget. With the generosity and giving from suppliers and people giving up their own time to help pull the event together, we managed to stick close to this only spending $812.00.

The HR Team are excited to announce that we raise a grand total of $18,783.00 for GF Cares.

We would like to again thank everyone who helped support this event – we couldn’t have raised this amount without you!

Plans are already underway to lock in a date for next year, with the guests from Sunday already wanting to purchase tickets!

Goodman Fielder today celebrated the delivery of the one millionth loaf of donated fresh bread – the equivalent of 8 million sandwiches for New Zealanders in need – by launching its new charitable trust.

The Trust will build on the organisation’s current Bread Donation Programme which has seen one million fresh loaves with a market value of over $3 million dollars delivered to more than 60 food banks and City Missions across New Zealand in the last seven years. One million loaves of bread equates to four full-sized rugby fields or, length-wise, 762 times the height of Auckland’s Sky Tower. The Goodman Fielder Cares Trust has been set up with the core mandate of fighting hunger and poverty in New Zealand.

The recipient of the one millionth loaf today was Diane Robertson of the Auckland City Mission, one of the organisations involved in Goodman Fielder’s programme.

Funds raised by the Trust will be donated to community groups around the country that run programmes to help support families living below the poverty line.

Goodman Fielder Managing Director, Peter Reidie says the organisation will continue to donate the fresh loaves of bread to the food banks and City Missions, but will also give Goodman Fielder employees across the organisation’s 17 sites the chance to get involved in a volunteering programme, or to donate some of their earnings to the Trust.

“We’re building on this to allow our employees to volunteer for certain causes, and to contribute some of their earnings in a "Workplace Giving Programme" that will be matched dollar for dollar by Goodman Fielder,” says Mr Reidie.

“All proceeds will go to the Goodman Fielder Cares Trust with the stated goal of helping to reduce poverty in New Zealand.”

Auckland City Missioner, Diane Robertson says the regular donation of fresh delivered bread from Goodman Fielder completely transformed the City Mission’s ability to provide food parcels to other food banks, and to families in need.

“The supply of fresh bread we receive from Goodman Fielder is a welcome delivery every time. Previously we would receive bread donations from organisations on an ad hoc basis, but the consistent supply means we can plan ahead and better meet the needs of families on a regular basis.”

Goodman Fielder Cares Trust Chairman, Ian Fraser says the Goodman Fielder Cares Trust will be supported by Goodman Fielder, but will operate independently.

“It’s great that the Trust has the backing and support of a large, community-conscious organisation such as Goodman Fielder – after all, Goodman Fielder’s task over many decades has been to feed New Zealand. It’s clear that times are tough for a lot of Kiwi families and the Trust will be working with approved community groups to provide food and to support programmes that help families struggling to put food on the table.”