Food parcels in demand
side, some people are keeping warm but they don’t have enough money for their families to send them to school or buy proper food.’’ The Alexandra Salvation Army provides food parcels to those as far away as Ettrick, Ranfurly and Cromwell. Community ministries coordinator Beth Carbines said food that could be put in school lunches and sweet treats for children were sought after. ‘‘They are just extras we can put in a food parcel if we know it is going to a family with children, so something for their lunches is always helpful,’’ Mrs Carbines said. Other foods included sandwich fillings, cheese, tinned fish or chicken, raisins, dried fruit, nuts and rice. Anyone wanting a food parcel had to be assessed. ‘‘They can’t just come in and say they want a food parcel, we have assessments. It’s to find out if there are other things in their life we can help them with, not just a food parcel.’’ ‘‘Generally there are other things we can support them with and to let them know we care and are here to do that.’’ There had been generous support, including individual donations, those from the combined churches and a ‘‘substantial donation’’ from the Freemasons Lodge Manuherikia Kilwinning 109. A limited number of items were donated by customers at the Alexandra supermarket. ‘‘We still are grateful for that as we get the credits from New World including damaged goods that can be restored in food parcels,’’ Mrs Carbines said. Alexandra New World store manager Shane Ryan said a ‘‘wide range’’ of food was given to the Salvation Army from produce unsuitable for store sales. The donations Food Bin at the supermarket entrance was about to be replaced and was regularly cleared.
Choices: It is up to each individual whether they contribute to the Food Bin at the Alexandra New World Supermarket entrance. The bin, which is about to be replaced, is cleared regularly.