Food parcels in de­mand

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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.

Photo: LEE JAMIESON

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.

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