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2010 was a busy year for Presbyterian Support Otago, with families feeling the pinch of the changing economy.
Greater need has brought more people through their doors for foodbank and budgeting services.
The effect of redundancies from Dunedin’s major employers is still being felt. Women have had their part time work hours reduced or cut altogether. Where there have been two incomes in the family, the change to one is a dramatic adjustment.
The foodbank is often the doorway for families to gain access to the many other services provided by Family Works. Last year approximately 84,000 items of food were given to Dunedin families.
Many people are under financial pressure caused by mortgage payments or high rents. Sometimes these clients have lived to the limits of their incomes, and are interested to learn more about budgeting.
“In these cases, our help focuses around budget advice – selling the second car, refinancing, conducting mock job interviews and updating CVs,” says Fundraising Director Lisa Wells.
The Tindall Foundation made a donation towards Family Works Otago foodbank and budgeting services through our Presbyterian Support New Zealand Funding Manager.
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