January 16, 2023

Cooking for 80

1 min


Written by:

Megan Raynor

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Can you imagine cooking a lunch or dinner for 80 people? Rolling up the sleeves, chucking on the apron and then looking around your kitchen wondering where on earth to start. Sounds like a lot of hard work! 

For Under the Stars Tauranga, a charity who supports the homeless and needy in their community through meals, showers and kindness, this is their reality twice a week. Volunteers cook for 80—100 people, making sure there’s enough to go ‘round.

Thankfully they’ve recently been able to rely more and more on the support of generous businesses who pay-forward food to be served up at the weekly lunches and dinners.

Elizabeth Cafe and Larder is one of those businesses. Thanks to the generosity of their customers paying-it-forward and their corporate partner S&L Land Specialists (another generous Tauranga-based business), they provided 20 servings of food to Under the Stars for a Thursday lunch.

What a relief for the volunteers to have a large portion of their cooking taken care of.

If you’d like to be part of this generosity, head to Elizabeth Cafe for their delicious food and coffee (we recommend their Lizzie Waffles, YUM) and add a small pay-it-forward on top of your bill. Every little bit adds up to provide meals for our locals who need them most.

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