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Five goes into one for the Karori Foodbank

Nov 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

COMMUNITY EFFORT: Ray Coats with the donation box at St Anselms Church.

FIVE Karori churches are coming together as a community to run the Karori Foodbank from next year

The merger, which starts in April, will allow members of the Karori valley churches to manage the foodbank as a joint venture.

Currently, it is managed by the St Teresa’s Catholic Church, although the other churches support it by providing volunteers and donating food.

The five will each have a representative on the new management board, says Ray Coats (right) chair of the Karori Foodbank Transition Group.

“We will be able to widen the scope of the volunteers that are already there and the activities that the foodbank’s been doing,” he says.

There will also be a five-person team responsible for looking after accounts, fundraising and events, purchasing and shelving food, and volunteer rosters.

Most churches will donate food each Sunday and help with the fundraising events that take place, usually in the mall, where they collect food, says Mr Coats.

Karori foodbank co-ordinator Chris Bolland says each food parcel contains 30 items, including fresh supermarket items bought the night before delivery and non-perishable donated food.

He says going by supermarket prices, each parcel is worth about $110.

“Typical clients are women in their 30s with children and [they] may have a partner but may not.”

Started by St Teresa’s in 1992, the foodbank – located at the Karori community centre and costing $2000 a year to run – has 28 volunteers and they deliver food on Tuesdays and Fridays each week.

In the year ending March 31, 2012, the foodbank supplied 520 food parcels to people in Karori who needed help.

The foodbank, which gets its food from donations and cash donations from the St John’s Op shop trust, is one of 22 around Wellington.

Next Saturday there will be donation bins at Karori supermarket for donating goods.

CAPTION: Community effort: Ray Coats with the donation box at St Anselms Church, Karori.

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