Port of Tauranga Chief Executive, Mark Cairns, said the contribution was suggested by staff, who had continued to work through the lockdown handling essential cargoes.
“At first, some of us were anxious about having to work through the lockdown and worried for the loved ones in our bubbles. However, we now realise just how privileged we are to all still have jobs and some cargoes flowing across our wharves,” said Mr Cairns.
“Many people in our region have suddenly lost their jobs, or are working reduced hours, pushing many families into vulnerable positions.
“The demand for food parcels is only likely to grow over the coming months and this is one small way we can assist our community,” he said.
Port of Tauranga has a long relationship with the Tauranga Community Foodbank, giving an annual cash donation to its Christmas appeal. Many Port staff also fundraise and collect groceries, but the food bank is currently unable to accept donated items.