Food­bank starts drop-in ser­vice

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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.

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