Hutt’s an­nual food­bank ap­peal

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - NICHOLAS BOYACK

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.

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