Food­bank needs do­na­tions

North Waikato News - - Front Page -

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.

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