Demand for church foodbank

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A community food cupboard run through St Mark’s Anglican Church in Rakaia is continuing to help local residents with emergency supplies.

The foodbank initiative was set up in mid-2020 during the first covid lockdown and continues to see a steady demand for non-perishable food and other goods.

Rev Michael Holdaway from St Mark’s Church said there was a constant trickle of people looking for food assistance.

He said the foodbank, like others in the district, had recently received funding being used to top up stocks.

The funding of $3000 from the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury was paid in two instalments and administered from a separate account, he said.

Rev Holdaway said the Rakaia Lions had topped up the foodbank late last year after a Toot For Tucker drive in the township and there had been harvest festival services and private donations over the past two years.

The church had recently purchased a freezer which meant meat donations could be stored.

Rev Holdaway said people who had lost their jobs or been on reduced hours during the covid epidemic had been supported by the foodbank, as well as others who were struggling.

“Once people make contact with us we usually arrange a time for them to pick up food parcels, which we leave outside the church.”

St Mark’s has also recently partnered with St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Rakaia to better support the wider community.

-By Mick Jensen