Foodbanks under increased demand
Foodbanks in Porirua are feeling the pinch as the holiday season approaches – and they’re keen for items you might not think of.
The Salvation Army in Porirua did well out of a recent appeal, but foodbank coordinator Elizabeth Iona said it was a temporary position for them. She expected the demand in the next four weeks to double, to 50 parcels a week.
Families are allowed three parcels a year, and each comes with recipes to make food go further and budgeting tips.
The holiday season, with children at home and pressure to buy gifts, could be difficult for low-income families, she said.
‘‘This time of year is always tough for us,’’ Ms Iona said.
‘‘We’re grateful to any help we can get.’’
Ms Iona said the staples – such as rice, pasta, tinned fruit, spaghetti and baked beans – were always welcome, but toiletries, nappies, meat and even items like jelly crystals and custard were appreciated.
‘‘Things like toilet paper, eggs and mixed vegetables are fantastic. We have fridges here, so we can keep meat for a while. Stuff like that is expensive.’’
Wesley Community Action’s Makarita Makapelu said that group’s demand in December would likely be 200 food parcels, up from 140 per month.
Baby food, tinned fish, milk powder, rice and pasta were popular.
Its community garden would also provide plenty of vegetables for families, Ms Makapelu said.
St Vincent de Paul manager Kerry Atkinson said cereal, toiletries and nappies were welcome. She was expecting plenty of demand in December.