Fresh veg on menu at Paihia foodbank
Paihia’s Bay of Islands Community Foodbank has taken another major step forward, establishing a community garden to help provide struggling families with fresh produce.
The Friends of Williams House Paihia Library committee approved the foodbank’s use of a vacant garden near the library, so families can have access to fresh vegetables along with the packaged staples already provided.
The foodbank is
now seeking help from locals to maintain the garden by watering, weeding, planting and harvesting.
It is also seeking community funding for extra-large storage units to hold non-perishable food, a lockable filing system, a laminator, and monthly cash donations to supplement shortfalls in food supplies.
The community foodbank provides supplementary emergency support by way of food parcels for families who can show they are suffering undue hardship. Officially opened in December, it provided Christmas food parcels for 17 families, including almost 50 children, youth and elderly people.
Anyone who would like to get involved is invited to email [email protected]
The BOI foodbank is cutting out the fresh veg middleman.