Food­banks un­der in­creased de­mand

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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