4 May 2009

Recession making it tougher for food banks

3:58 pm on 4 May 2009

Food banks in Wellington are struggling to meet demands placed on them by the recession.

The Salvation Army says nationwide, demand for food parcels jumped 44% in the first quarter of the year, with 10,500 being distributed. It says smaller food banks are feeling particularly under pressure.

There was also an increase in requests for other Salvation Army services such as furniture, clothing and other practical assistance, including budget advice and emergency accommodation.

Kapiti community food bank coordinator Hamish White says it will be making another appeal to the public in May, on top of its annual November food drive.

Mr White says the food bank gave food to 119 families in April compared with about 50 this time last year.

Ken Gurney, of the Johnsonville food bank, says as well as more demand for food parcels, an increasing number of people are wanting information on how to deal with job redundancies.