Raising funds to fill the cupboard
A community youth programme is looking for help to stock pantry cupboards.
Hope City Outreach, a trust that has been supporting teenagers and young adults since 2007, wants to start a foodbank to help families who are having trouble making ends meet.
“We’d like to do our little bit within our area of work and offer in a small way something for our youth in the wider central region,” says minister Obed Unasa from St Stephen’s Church, where the youth programme is based.
“Hopefully by starting something here, others will want to help set up foodbanks in other areas.”
Outreach volunteer Joseph Rebello has organised a hockey tournament to be held next month to raise money to start the foodbank.
“We are trying to start our own ways and means of having hope in the city,” he says.
“By raising money we can help the families of our young people in these more difficult times.”
Hope City is in the process of approaching businesses to support the initiative and already has backing from Bakers Delight in Ponsonby.
General manager Colleen Milne says every year Bakers Delight donates more than $50 million in bread to charities nationally as a way to offer support to communities.
“Any bread that is left over at the end of the day is given away because we bake fresh every day,” she says.
As well as providing an evening meal for its members, workshops, youth activities, counselling and support groups are all part of Hope City’s weekly programme.
For 13-year-old Yuen Teata, it is great place to meet up with friends to play table tennis, basketball or enjoy a game of pool.
“It’s a fun thing to do on a Friday night.
“Some people go for support and to talk to the minister about issues and some go for fun,” he says.
Hope City Outreach meets every Friday from 4pm to 9pm at St Stephen’s Church hall, 65 Jervois Rd, Ponsonby.
If you would like to contribute to the foodbank call Rev Unasa on 027-555-1311 or email riounasa@yahoo. co.nz.
Stocked shelves: Ponsonby’s Hope City Outreach youth programme co-ordinators Joseph Rebello, left, and Rev Obed Unasa are looking for help to start a foodbank project.