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Upper Hutt Leader : July 20th 2011
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Ygnnkpivqp Phone *26+ 74: 5585 Email j4mwrrgtjwvvBiockn0eqo 3758124AC Food bank 'originals' still soldiering on By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Defence support: Corporal Jason Segal from Defence House in Wellington delivers a few of 450 items, mostly cans, from the Trentham defence area. Defence staff around New Zealand have been collecting for Mission Kiwi Can to support their local food banks. The annual collection is early to avoid the Rugby World Cup. Trentham staff also made $2000 from selling their share of Maltesers donated nationally by manufacturer Mars. The Upper Hutt effort was delivered in this Pinzgauer light operations vehicle. Marie Lotz, community service officer for the Trentham defence area, said supporting the annual appeal was a positive thing to do at a time when staff are facing recently-announced job losses. Here to help: Long-serving Upper Hutt Food Bank volunteers June and Elva. Photos: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Twin volunteers at the Upper Hutt Food Bank since it started 20 years ago have been honoured by the organisation. June and Elva were given flowers at the food bank anniver- sary lunch on June 30. The great- grandmother and grandmother are the only two original volunteers still involved. They also cut the anniversary cake. The food bank was set up 20 years ago as a temporary'' measure because of tough times following government restruc- turing, the sharemarket crash and the loss of local manufacturing jobs. But 20 years on there is still the need for a food bank. June and Elva, who have lived in the same Upper Hutt street since they moved from Lower Hutt as young brides, were involved in the Catholic church's St Vincent de Paul organisation when the vicar of St Hilda's Anglican Church, the Rev David Dinniss, proposed a temporary food bank. There had been job losses including General Motors and South Pacific Tyres, and big changes in the railways. With many Upper Hutt people employed in those industries, the unexpected drop in income put some households in dire straits, especially those not used to budgeting or who had previously been comfortable on two wages. The food bank's first home was in the wooden former Reserve Bank building in Queen St. Then they moved across the road to the Evans Building, then to where the Salvation Army store now is further up Queen St, then to a Logan St house owned by the Cossie Club, then to a house next door and finally to their present home in Martin St, opposite Upper Hutt School. The sisters say people mostly come to the food bank now because of high electricity bills, loan repayments and hire pur- chase commitments. The start of the school year also puts household finances under pressure. Medical bills, especially for after hours care, are another cause. The sisters say lack of budget- ing skills and the endless array of tempting consumer goods take money away from grocery shop- ping. The women were brought up in an era when most people grew their own vegetables, walked everywhere (few people could afford a car), did home baking and made their own clothes. That tradition still sees locals donating their own garden vegetables, fruit and home preserves to the food bank. One woman in her 80s picks blackberries from the riverbank to make jam for the food bank. You are never too old to help,'' June says. Upper Hutt citizens have always been generous, they say. Churches are supportive and many colleges and schools hold can collection days. New World Silverstream and Pak 'n Save have collection bins for the food bank. In line with a national policy the two Countdown supermarkets have bins for the Salvation Army food bank. Goods donated via the bins must be non-perishables. The most useful items are canned food (spaghetti, baked beans, fruit and soup), macaroni, pasta, rice, breakfast foods, spreads and biscuits. Perishables such as surplus vegetables and fruit from the gar- den can be dropped off at the food bank during its opening hours. The number of parcels given by the Upper Hutt Food Bank this year is on a par with last year. The food bank handed out 1800 parcels in the 12 months to July 31, last year. Those parcels equal enough food to feed 5500 people for three days. People seeking help from the food bank are also referred to budgeting services but often sent back because no matter what they do their income is simply not enough, the women say. Some families run out of money because they are supporting fam- ily members elsewhere, they say. June says the demise of many night classes is also a factor. The classes taught skills that could save people money. Elva says there are many people who get a food parcel but do not need to come back because they get referrals to other agencies for budgeting and make sure they are getting all the government sup- port they are entitled to. Despite their 20 years' service, neither woman has any plans to retire from the group of about 15 volunteers at the food bank. The Upper Hutt Food Bank is open 9am till midday Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Salvation Army's food bank is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the citadel in Fergusson Dr. The two food banks work together and often share resources, especially when there is a large donation of something specific, Upper Hutt Food Bank chairman and co-ordinator Kelvin Strong says. People in Upper Hutt are reasonably well catered for, for those who need it,'' he says.
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