The Sowers Trust has received $1339 towards funding to purchase a freezer in which to store frozen meals and other food donations.
The group started as a community services arm of Howick Community Church and now provides wrap around support for families. This includes youth development groups, mentoring and social work support to parents / caregivers.
The grant will enable the Trust to provide meals to the individuals and families that attend their clothing co-op. This is a monthly initiative where people from the community can come and take any free clothes they may need, which are usually donated by people in the community.
The Sowers Trust is one of 33 recipients in the first round of Mazda Foundation funding for 2019 which saw over $113,000 gifted to various community organisations and individuals across New Zealand.
Each year the Mazda Foundation hosts three funding rounds to help Kiwis in need, having gifted over $3.5 million back to the community since its inception in 2005.