Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Auckland City Mission has had a significant spike in the number of emergency food parcels it hands out each week.
Before the pandemic, the Mission provided about 450 parcels a week, which rose to 1,500 at the height of Auckland's second lock down.
One in five Auckland families now struggle to put food on the table.
In the Mission’s centenary year, Mr Farrelly says the charity is grateful for the support of all involved.
“For 100 years Aucklanders have been helping Aucklanders through the City Mission. The Cook-Off is a superb example of that generosity.”
The Auckland City Mission Cook-Off was led by chefs from Café Hanoi, Saan and Amano.
The business leader participants included ANZ New Zealand CEO Antonia Watson, who raised $13,485 for the charity – making her one of the top fundraisers.