Can we fill food bank? Yes we can
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.