Foodbank starts drop-in service
For more than 20 years the Katikati Foodbank has been operating as a delivery-only service.
As of yesterday, June 6 food parcels will also be able to be collected from a new Drop-in Centre at the Katikati Community Baptist Church in Wedgewood Street. The Foodbank is overseen by the Katikati Ministers Association through the Reach Out Trust,
This new directionwill bring the foodbank in line with other foodbanks around the country and allow more recipients the opportunity to complete a food parcel request form and give some choices to suit their family needs.
“It’s all very well giving out a box of cornflakes,” says Rob Holding, pastor of theKatikati Christian Centre. “But if the kids only eat rice bubbles then cornflakes are no good to the family.”
Experience around the country has shown that unwanted food is simply discarded.
“That’s an unnecessary waste,” says Rob.
“It would be much wiser finding out if anyone in the house does baking before giving out a bag of flour”.
Foodbank chairman, Marg Jordan continues to be amazed and grateful at themany gifts of food received each year.
So far this year they have already received two half beasts made into mince, jams and sauces, cartons of Weetbix and long-life milk, quantities of fruit and vegetables, along with weekly vegetables from the Marakai Gardens, weekly collection of Food Rescue from Countdown supermarket, and bread daily from the Hot Bread Shop.
They also had a large donation of 90 pumpkins from someone who had “thrown some seeds out the back”.
Initially the Drop-in Centre will operate between 9am and 12pm every Wednesday, and people can call in for a cuppa and a chat. If they need something immediately, that can be worked out then. If the Wednesday mornings are successful then a second day will be added.
Baptist Church pastor Russel Embling says the church is more than happy to provide the premises at no charge as the drop-in centre will benefit the community.
Parcels will still be delivered to those who are unable to call in during drop-in centre hours. Anyone needing a food parcel can either call in at the Baptist church during those hours or phone the Foodbank help line on 549-1038.
Foodbank chairman Marg Jordan continues to be amazed and grateful at the many gifts of food received each year.