Fresh veg on menu at Pai­hia food­bank

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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]

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The BOI food­bank is cut­ting out the fresh veg mid­dle­man.

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