It’s the season to give unto others
for help.” But it was not just the foodbank’s finances that felt the pinch, Goodwin said.
“What we are seeing more of right now is that there’s nothing left of wages at the end of the week.
“It takes very, very little, such as needing a new tyre for the car, that they need our service,” she said.
“The tragedy is people leave it until they have no other option. No one wants to come to a charity like a foodbank. They will use up all of their credit first. ”
Goodwin said working with Tauranga’s 95 foodbank-affiliated social service agencies also ensured people needing help in other areas were looked after.
“With everyone working together, the agencies and us, people are really getting support. I think Tauranga is great at helping people.”
editor Scott Inglis said he was thrilled to be helping the Tauranga Community How to apply for a food parcel
You will need to visit one of the Tauranga Community Foodbank’s approved referral agencies to obtain a “food parcel referral”. Just take along some form of ID. Referral agencies include:
■ Tauranga Budget Advice
■ Salvation Army
■ Papamoa Family Services
■ Hillier Centre
■ St Peters Church
■ Welcome Bay Community Centre
■ Merivale Community Centre
■ St Vincent de Paul Support Centre
■ Te Tuinga Whanau
“Without the help of the foodbank hundreds of families go without each year. They do such a great job and help so many people and families who need it.” PHOTO / ANDREW WARNER
Tauranga Community Foodbank manager Nicki Goodwin and warehouse manager Brendon Collins get into the festive spirit as the Bay of Plenty Times Christmas Appeal begins.