Mal­nour­ished food­bank seeks sup­port

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

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