Foodbank needs donations
A limited food supply at the Community Care and Crisis Centre food bank in Ngaruawahia is making it a struggle to feed needy families in the area.
Support is always needed to help the struggling but manager Vivian Annandale said the demand had increased with a number of working families also feeling the pinch.
‘‘The trend we noticed before was most of our food went out to beneficiaries but now there’s more of a demand from young families who might be working but they can’t make ends meet.’’
Annandale described the situation, especially at this time of year, as desperate.
She said the local New World had been supportive by supplying food credits. A food bank drop off bin had been placed inside the store encouraging customers to donate.
Another contributor to the food bank was the Ngaruawahia Police team, which contributed food and cash through its annual golf tournament. The Community Care and Crisis Centre is reliant on these generous donations, to help keep them going.
‘‘We are working with families we know are desperate. Things are quite hard for people out there.’’
The team are still accepting donations of canned food, non perishable food items and toiletries. These can be dropped off at the Community Care and Crisis Centre on 58 Great South Rd.
STRUGGLE: Volunteer Mary Knapp and manager Viv Annandale at the Community Care and Crisis Centre in Ngaruawahia are feeling the pinch as they struggle to feed families with a limited food supply.