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finding ways to fill stomachs and ease stress is one of the aims of Community Networks Wanaka.

Manager Kate Murray said the network members collected and distributed food parcels for people who might need help.

‘‘We want to make sure that people are aware that it is here for everyone in the community.’’

It was designed to take pressure off finances for a few weeks, so people who might be having difficulty paying their rent or power or other bills could come to the hub to get food parcels.

The food parcel included dry goods and vouchers for fresh produce and was distributed from the Wanaka Community Hub in McDougall St.

There was a new option for some people who might feel hesitant asking for help.

‘‘For people who are more self-conscious or shy walking in here, they can ring us, and make a time and we will have a food parcel ready for them to collect out of the foodbank.’’

People could also send a text and all details were kept confidential.

The foodbank had its own exit so people were able to leave discreetly, Miss Murray said.

‘‘So it can be done in a way that is hopefully less intimidating for people.’’

The foodbank was open between 9am and 5pm and they were also trialling an option where people could visit between 8am and 9am on Wednesday and Friday mornings and between 5pm and 6pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Plans were under way to offer satellite operations so people could pick up food parcels at outlying areas.

The goods were donated by local businesses, community groups and individuals. Miss Murray thanked all who contributed.

‘‘Communities are here to take care of each other, so please give us a call if you need help.’’

For details contact info@communitynetworks.co.nz, phone (03) 443-7799, or text 021 090-51284