Food­banks strug­gle to meet need

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Dan­nevirke food­banks are get­ting more re­fer­rals from so­cial agen­cies and the num­bers of peo­ple des­per­ate for food off the street into the Sal­va­tion Army and St Vin­cent de Paul shops is in­creas­ing.

Re­quests for help varies from a few per week to more than 50 in a month at both food banks.

Events like school hol­i­days have grand­par­ents on a pen­sion strug­gling to feed their grand­chil­dren and fam­ily oc­ca­sions like a hangı¯ are re­sult­ing in an avalanche of re­quests.

Re­quests are also for larger fam­ily groups with chil­dren, and for a longer pe­riod. In the past it was a fam­ily of four for three days, now it can be seven for seven days.

Food­banks say ris­ing rents is a cause for the in­creas­ing de­mand, of­ten not leav­ing enough money to pay for power and food.

Sources of food for the food­banks are also dry­ing up a lit­tle. Wat­ties Cans For Good has four schools in­volved in Dan­nevirke and Norse­wood, with their chil­dren do­nat­ing cans which are matched with a dona­tion of cans by the com­pany.

The gro­cery bill to make up the short­fall is of­ten $500-1000 per week for each food­bank. The last food drive supplied both food banks with enough food for six months, which was a huge boost.

A food drive takes place on Sun­day August 26 start­ing 12.30pm with the emer­gency ser­vices pa­trolling the streets with sirens call­ing res­i­dents to do­nate to run­ners.

Plas­tic bags will not be supplied this year and donors can use their own or any other con­tainer.

If you are not at home leave food by the gate or de­liver to ei­ther store on High Street. Do­na­tions must be non-per­ish­able, prefer­ably in cans. Items can in­clude • canned veg­eta­bles, fruit, meat, baked beans and spaghetti, soups;

• pasta, rice, noo­dles;

• ce­re­als;

• tea, cof­fee,

• toi­let pa­per, nap­pies, women’s hy­giene re­quire­ments, laun­dry de­ter­gent. Cans should be la­belled “best be­fore” a date not older than six months but “use by” la­belled cans which are ex­pired are of no use.

Should the weather be un­suit­able the food drive will be post­poned un­til Sun­day Septem­ber 2.

OR­GAN­ISER Terry Hynes, Rev Lynda Elling­ton(Sal­va­tion Army) Frances Wal­she and Bill Young (both St Vin­cent De Paul) hold cans do­nated by To¯ tara Col­lege as part of the Wat­ties Cans For Good Pro­gramme.

SOME of the food do­nated dur­ing the last food drive in Novem­ber 2015 is sorted.

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