Foodbank boost to beat Covid-19

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Property Brokers' Karen McRae, Rachel Curd and Kirsty Clay with some of the product sought to boost the coffers of the district's foodbanks in the Unlock 'n' Restock campaign.

Boosting the coffers of the district’s foodbanks on the cusp of winter will help fill a need in the community, says Salvation Army’s community foodbank co-ordinator Judith Beaumont.

It’s a time when there is increased demand on the foodbanks, so an Unlock ‘n’ Restock campaign being launched by the team at Property Brokers Ashburton could not come at a better time.

Mrs Beaumont said the Sallies-run foodbank was already quite active and that was before the effects of Covid-19 and any jobs losses or increased financial pressures on families became known.

“We are just keeping ahead of it. We’re certainly not out of it yet,” she said.

Covid-19 has impacted on the community and organisations such as the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Presbyterian Support are keen to boost their supplies of canned goods such as pasta, pasta sauces, noodles, spaghetti, fish, tomatoes, soup and fruit as well as other non-perishable items for people and families in need of assistance.

Mrs Beaumont was thankful for the community spirit of the realtors and their continued support of the foodbanks.

“I support their insight, they’re team players,” she said.

“We just don’t know what’s ahead, it’s a case of watch this space.”

Property Brokers are no strangers to helping replenish the community foodbanks; they are major supporters of the annual Toot for Tucker drive, organised by the Ashburton County Lions.

This mid-year foodbank boost, which will run until June 5, is recognised as a community need and one able to be started quickly to help the foodbanks and people in the community.

People can drop off donations at Netherby Four Square, Ashburton New World, Tinwald Supervalue and Property Brokers Ashburton.

By Toni Williams