Keep­ing com­mu­nity pantry stocked

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Na­tional MPs Hekia Parata and Aaron Gil­more do­nated 14 spades to the Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion gar­den pro­ject re­cently, help­ing an en­deav­our which aims to sup­ple­ment the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s food bank.

Some of the spades were given to Mr Gil­more, who is based in Christchurch, by the Stu­dent Army that was mo­bilised fol­low­ing the Fe­bru­ary 22 earth­quake.

On hear­ing that Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion needed gar­den­ing tools, Mr Gil­more con­tacted Ms Parata.

‘‘I’m de­lighted to be help­ing. It’s a won­der­ful cause,’’ he said. WCA has es­tab­lished the ‘‘com­mu­nity pantry’’, which works with fam­i­lies who use their food bank. They cre­ate and main­tain a gar­den and small or­chard which will add to the food bank’s sup­plies.

‘‘Not only does it en­cour­age those who use the food bank to get in­volved, it teaches par­tic­i­pants about how to grow fruit and veg­eta­bles, and about healthy eat­ing,’’ Ms Parata said.

Any­one wish­ing to do­nate gar­den­ing tools, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, seeds and seedlings can drop them off at the Can­nons Creek Com­mu­nity Pantry, 206 Mun­gavin Ave, Can­nons Creek.

Spades ready: Na­tional MPs Aaron Gil­more, cen­tre, and Hekia Parata, sec­ond from right, with mem­bers of Wes­ley Com­mu­nity Ac­tion in Porirua East.

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