Can we fill food bank? Yes we can

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The Sal­va­tion Army will be adopt­ing a ‘‘can do’’ at­ti­tude to re-stock their food bank stocks in Porirua next month.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion pre­dicts that food banks will see a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in de­mand for food parcels in Au­gust and credit union NZCU Bay­wide’s sup­port is timely.

‘‘ We know through talk­ing with our own mem­bers that win­ter is a re­ally tough time for many peo­ple in our com­mu­nity,’’ said NZCU Bay­wide chief ex­ec­u­tive Gavin Earle. ‘‘Peo­ple are strug­gling with al­ready tight bud­gets, in­creased power bills, as well as of­ten in­creased med­i­cal bills due to the var­i­ous win­ter bugs. Our ‘Can Do’ ini­tia­tive aims to as­sist peo­ple in our com­mu­nity and en­able them to put food on the ta­ble for their fam­i­lies and hope­fully help lighten the fi­nan­cial bur­dens a lit­tle.’’

NZCU Bay­wide in Porirua, along with other branches in the North Is­land, will be act­ing as food bank de­pots in Au­gust.

In 2013, more than 56,700 parcels were is­sued by the Sal­va­tion Army na­tion­wide. In Porirua, the Sal­lies dis­trib­uted more than 500 food parcels be­tween April and Septem­ber.

Ma­jor Pamela Waugh, the Sal­va­tion Army’s sec­re­tary for so­cial ser­vices, said the sup­port of or­gan­i­sa­tions like NZCU Bay­wide to help fundrais­ing drives to re-stock food was hugely ben­e­fi­cial.

‘‘ Dur­ing win­ter our pub­lic do­na­tions tend to re­duce just at the time that our clients need food parcels the most. NZCU Bay­wide’s ‘Can Do’ cam­paign is a great ex­am­ple of how busi­nesses can help make an im­por­tant and pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence.’’

You can do­nate by drop­ping a can into the NZCU Bay­wide branch at 3B Kilk­er­ran Place.

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