Malnourished foodbank seeks support
The food bank in Taumarunui has itself fallen on hard times with several funding requests declined and now Watties is no longer supplying cans
The hard working team at the Taumarunui Community Christian Foodbank Trust need a helping hand to keep the shelves full and people will get the chance to do that next week.
Volunteers will be out in full force on Monday, November 20, knocking on doors to collect non perishable grocery items. They will be hard to miss, with plenty of sirens and support from emergency service escorts.
With a committee of only seven people the food bank is struggling to make ends meet after they were declined funding from several sources.
The bad news continued when they were told Watties would not be able to continue to supply them canned food.
Committee member Mary Ward said they often find it difficult to provide the necessary food and advice to support people in genuine need and greatly appreciate the food products kindly donate throughout the year.
‘‘With the cost of living constantly increasing, many people are finding it difficult to make ends meet.
‘‘Work opportunities are very limited in our town and the food bank is often called upon to assist people in desperate need with a parcel of food to help them through a temporary emergency.’’
Sirens from Police, Fire and St John will sound throughout the town to alert residents that the appeal is underway.
From 6pm onwards, volunteers will be wearing identification badges when they come to collect grocery items.
Food can be left outside on the front door or in the letterbox for volunteers to collect.
Alternatively, donations can be dropped off at the Central King Country REAP office before or after collection day.
The food bank needs a range of items from canned food, pasta, rice, spreads, cereal, dried milk and any other food items that wont perish.
With less funding and resources coming in this year, Ward hopes people will donate generously so they can continue to keep their doors open.
Anyone interested in volunteering to collect food can contact Mary on 07 8966164 or Maria Hickling on 07 8966389.