Lions feed fam­i­lies

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Palmer­ston North res­i­dents gave gen­er­ously to the Food Bank Drive on Satur­day with over 4000 bags col­lected.

Methodist So­cial Ser­vices (MSS) gen­eral man­ager Kim Penny said it was a fan­tas­tic re­sponse.

“We have just come to the end of last year’s food items with baked beans and tinned toma­toes left over.”

The statis­tics for those fam­i­lies who re­quired help went up over the year and De­cem­ber al­ways trended up­wards, Kim said.

“The cost of rent and power cuts into peo­ples’ bud­gets and peo­ple were caught out at times with other costs like hav­ing to pur­chase a new tyre.

“Some fam­i­lies do not have that re­silience. Any­one can come to us and we will work with them long term to build that re­silience.” Kim said they were also grate­ful to the Mid­dle District Lions who did the lions share of the or­gan­is­ing and were the con­stant back­bone for the drive.

Mid­dle Dis­tricts Lions Club mem­bers Don Brown and Phil Belk (ob­scured) with some of the 4000 bags col­lected in Satur­day’s Food Bank Drive.

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