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Meal Prep and Basket Assembly Team

Baskets of Blessings Charitable Trust provides a platform coordinating generous donations of products, time and money to deliver unexpected gift baskets and frozen meal/food packs to individuals and families suddenly struggling from unexpected life challenges. Established in 1990, recent times have seen Baskets of Blessing escalate to now distribute over 500 gift baskets per year and up to 3000 free frozen meals per month.

A passionate group of volunteers meet every Monday and Thursday morning at the St John's Presbyterian Church Hall in Arrowtown and help out with a range of tasks. They love to greet new volunteers and welcome them into the groove!

Join the team in the church kitchen (upgraded with commercial ovens)

  • Prep (peel, cut, chop) fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Cook meals
  • Package and label meals
  • Sort incoming food produce rescued from supermarkets
  • Separate large bags of produce, rice/pasta, pet food etc. into 1kg bags
  • Peel, slice, grate, cut up fruit and vegetables and package for cooking or freezing

Assemble Baskets

  • Labelling homemade chutneys
  • Put fabric covers on jars
  • Washing and drying new cups and mugs
  • Taking items out of boxed packaging and removing price labels
  • Unpacking cartons, and sorting donated items into bags
  • Tying ribbons around donated teddy bears!
  • Making tags, labels and signs
  • Tagging/labelling baskets and boxes
  • Cutting packaging/wrapping materials
  • Arrange baskets in an appealing manner


  • Assist with deliveries if you are fit and able to carry a banana box of goods to a household door and have your own vehicle.

When you arrive for your first shift, one of the core members of the team will show you around and go through an induction, and you will always work in a team with support from other volunteers. As the workload has increased recently, full training and support may only be available on certain days, so you may need to take a little initiative at times if things get unexpectedly busy - but questions are welcome and the team are very supportive.

Increasingly within the Wakatipu basin, local individuals and families are facing incredible challenges, typically without family or support networks. Those impacted range across all ages, socio – economic groups and ethnicities/cultures. Severe illness, or injury, financial or mental distress, bereavement, separations and solo parenting all take their toll. As part of the Baskets of Blessing volunteer team, you can help create customised gift baskets to reinforce people do care and to offer positive uplifting moments.


  • Genuine desire to help those in need
  • Enjoy a wide variety of changing tasks
  • Be flexible and ready to respond to the need of the day
  • Be able to pick up processes fairly quickly
  • Be able to work independently if team are busier

Time commitment

  • Monday and Thursday morning at the St John's Presbyterian Church Hall in Arrowtown
  • Ideally 1-2 hrs between 10am and 1:30 pm ish
  • Please get in touch for a chat before dropping by so they can plan for the shift accordingly
  • Finishing time depends on how many show up on any given day and how many tasks need to be done
  • Delivery times may vary, so please inquire if you are able to help with this
  • Minimum 6 months commitment preferred

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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