Hutt’s annual foodbank appeal
Pasta, tinned fruit and vegetables, and breakfast cereals.
That’s the wish list for the Lower Hutt Foodbank which is holding its annual appeal on Sunday, September 17.
Foodbank co-ordinator Chloe Bridgeman said the annual collection was the chance for the community to show its support.
Over the last year it has handed out 1982 parcels with a week’s worth of food, helping 2333 adults and 2516 children.
The foodbank is supported by local supermarkets and businesses, and the annual collection allows it to restock on the basics.
‘‘We really want the staple items. Tinned fruit and vegetables, pasta and breakfast cereals.’’
People needing food come from all over the city but she said there was one suburb that is always on top of the list. ‘‘Every month Naenae is the suburb. I do not know why it is but that is where the majority come from.’’
Although some clients were looking to take advantage, Bridgeman said that soon becomes clear when she interviewed them.
‘‘We mostly get genuine people who really, really need our help.’’
Her approach is to sit down and talk to everyone to find out what their problems are, and what can be done to improve their situation.
She refers people on to other agencies and offers advice on what the agencies can do to help.
Committee member Juliet Clare said Lions and Rotary members would be helping with the collection on Sunday.
Residents should receive a plastic bag with their Hutt News and can leave the bag out on Sunday morning.
If you do not get a foodbank bag, just use a supermarket bag, she said. Parcels can also be left at the Hutt News (22 Raroa St) or at the Foodbank. Please do not donate perishables.