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Wanaka’s food bank has been stocked with enough food to last a month in less than two
weeks.

Collectively locals have donated 217 bags to Wanaka Community Hub foodbank through the New World campaign Family2Family Foodbank Appeal.

The foodbank’s Food Security Project Coordinator Daisy Watford said she was grateful for all the donations and support from the community.

“Prior to the pandemic, we were averaging 15-20 food parcels a month. This increased to 80 parcels a month at the start of the pandemic.

Stocked up shelves…217 bags full of food have been given to Wanaka’s foodbank, with at least a month’s worth of food given by the community for the community.

Throughout the 12 months of 2021, we have been averaging 61 food parcels per month in addition to 80 hampers at Christmas.”

In response to the increased demand a local Food Security Network was established.

One of the Network’s projects included placing six community produce stands around the district in locations such as the Wanaka Recreation Centre, Wanaka Community Hub, Wastebusters, Albert Town and Luggate.

Stocked up shelves…217 bags full of food have been given to Wanaka’s foodbank, with at least a month’s worth of food provided by the community for the community.

Despite perceptions towards Wanaka’s affluence, Ms Watford said people needing the support varied.

“We see everyone and anyone. Sometimes it’s because an unexpected bill has come up and
they’re needing extra support. It could be just a week, or more.”

Ms Watford said the food bank is designed around a choice-based system, with customers able to openly select what they need.

Due to Covid this process was adapted, with customers filling out a form of items required,
and volunteers packing for them.

The campaign’s boost in donations provides a supportive start before the upcoming winter.

Ms Watford said winter is when food donations tend to drop.

The foodbank at Wanaka Community Hub is open each week, Monday 1-4pm, Wednesday 11-2pm, Friday 9-12pm.

Stocked up shelves…217 bags full of food have been given to Wanaka’s foodbank, with at least a month’s worth of food given by the community for the community.