Te Awamutu butchery keen to ‘Help a Family Out’
A Te Awamutu business has shown kindness and community spirit in the face of adversity.
Expleo Butchery has given away more than 60 boxes of meat – and counting - to families hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ‘Help a Family Out’ boxes contain meat and produce from the family-owned gourmet butchery, as well as baking ingredients and other supplies donated by local groups and businesses.
Nells Nicholas, who owns the butchery with her husband Shawn, said the support has been “overwhelming” since they started giving away meat boxes during the nationwide lockdown.
After putting the word out on Facebook, they received offers of support from all around New Zealand.
“We’ve had businesses and individuals donate, community members add groceries to our packages and support from Kainga Aroha Community House and Pak'n'Save Te Awamutu," Nells said.
With the move to alert level 2 last week, the butchery is keen to see even more people receiving meat boxes.
“Even though the nationwide lockdown is over, we know there will be many people struggling as the country recovers from the impacts of Covid-19,” Nells says.
“We desperately want to help - in the best way we know how. Please don’t be afraid to reach out for help, or nominate someone who should be receiving support. We have meat boxes ready to send out to families - so we want to see them being used.”
Expleo Butchery, on 51 Mahoe Street in Te Awamutu, has opened its doors to the public for alert level 2. The butchery also offers online orders and deliveries through its website expleo.co.nz or by contacting 07 871 6779.
Families in need of a meat box - or those wanting to nominate a family - can do so by texting 027 689 0555.
Expleo Butchery is one of many Waikato businesses adapting to change, getting behind local initiatives and supporting each other in the aftermath of Covid-19.