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“Our pantry now also includes fresh vegetables for our parcels thanks to your support,” says Diane Stuart from St Anne’s Pantry in Porirua.
This is one of the many foodbanks which have received funding in the past year, since The Tindall Foundation saw the need for extra funds to be distributed to them because of the recession. Funding Managers have been given a special funding allocation for extra foodbank and budgeting services.
In 2009, 10 foodbanks received funding from The Tindall Foundation through the Nikau Foundation, the Community Foundation for the Wellington region.
“Like most foodbanks in the Wellington region, we are experiencing a big increase in demand for food parcels – up 58% in 2009 from the previous year” says John Craig, Karori Foodbank Coordinator.
As the supply of donated food was unable to keep up with the increased demand, they had to buy extra food to continue to provide a full range of foods to families in need in their community. The Lower Hutt Foodbank also bought extra food, while encouraging people to become less reliant on their support by directing them towards budgeting services. “We get a great thrill when people get a job or can finally manage their budget,” says Coordinator Bev Foster.
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