Northern News : August 29th 2012
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After its presentation to the Bay of Islands -- Whangaroa Community Board on Wednesday, the Citizens Advice Bureau was asked to provide more information on the numbers of clients they service, the number of volunteers involved and a breakdown of where their clients from outside the ward come from. The advice bureau will speak again next month. The board discussed the policy under which it makes its grants and its focus will prioritise infrastructure, but also events that benefit the widest section of the community possible. Christmas parades are held every year in Kaeo, Kerikeri, Paihia and Kawakawa and the board has delegated to staff approval up to the current maximums rather than presenting to the board year after year. The Kaeo Christmas parade received its $2500 after Wednesday's meeting. The Bay of Islands food bank will be looking for more funding after their community funding application to the Far North District Council was only partially gran- ted. Michael Deverell the treasurer of the Bay of Islands District Food Banks says the $5000 the food bank received was great, but that the shortfall from the $8000 the committee requested would need to be found elsewhere for the coming year. "We re always grateful for whatever we can get," he says. But the situation isn t necessarily dire for the group that is estimating spending $13,000 this year on food for its users. "We always have to have some [money] in reserve," he says. "We re not desperate for funds, but you ve got to keep ahead of your- self." The committee has made a community fund- ing request to the Far North District Council before. "We d been turned down by somebody else and we thought we d give them a try again," Mr Deverell says. The money is ear- marked for food. And Mr Deverell says the food bank receives a lot of food donations. The Bay of Islands Rotary Club gives a reg- ular donation of food, he says. The food bank does an annual food drive in town as well in conjunc- tion with the Kawakawa fire brigade, Mr Deverell says. The Auckland City Mission also donates annually. "It s actually more than what we have to buy," Mr Deverell says. The food bank services people in desperate need in Moerewa, Kawakawa, Paihia and Waitangi and surrounding districts and distributed 220 food parcels in the last finan- cial year. "It s very hard to pre- dict, [demand] is up and down a lot," Mr Deverell says. "We had a big demand when the freez- ing workers were locked out. "We went from three or four parcels a week up to 15 for a while." He says though that there are "all sorts of reasons" that people require the food bank. Those who suffer through tragedies are referred to the food bank through Bay of Islands Budgeting Service, the Bay of Islands Hospital, the Midway in North- land Day Services Trust and others. Food bank faces extra cost of rent Funds for food: The Kerikeri Community Foodbank is teaming up with Community Budget Service. The foodbank is on target to distribute more than 1000 food parcels to families this year. The service now has the added challenge of paying rent. Wednesday was a good day for those who help hungry families in the Far North. Kerikeri/Kaeo Com- munity Foodbank chair- woman Ellie Schoffel- meer was happily surprised to hear that the Bay of Islands- Whangaroa Community Board was giving it the $4000 they had applied for. She says the money, granted through the dis- trict council, will provide an alarm and shelving in a new location for the site office. Mrs Schoffelmeer says the community board gave the one-time fund- ing because of the food- bank s coming move. The food bank helps families from Totara North to Pakaraka and at the end of this year that task will become more challenging for the committee of five. The rent-free space they are using won t be available and they have to move. The food bank s eight or nine volunteers col- lect, buy, re-parcel, pack and deliver food parcels to the community organ- isation requesting them. Fundraising is ongo- ing, but until now that money went solely to- wards food, now it will have to cover rent. We ll be fundraising for rent, Mrs Schoffel- meer says. Last year the food bank delivered 718 par- cels to families referred by church communities, Mid North Family Ser- vices, Mental Health Nurses, Work and Income and other organ- isations such as Plunket, school staff, the Gam- bling Foundation or the Citizens Advice Bureau. The food bank will now be operating in tandem with Community Budget Service. The budget service last year was delivering 20 to 30 parcels a month as well. The food bank com- mittee applies for fund- ing from various agen- cies but food is also donated by individuals as well as through the food collection bin at New World and dona- tions by the supermar- ket. But the need is great in the area, and it may even be increasing, Mrs Schoffelmeer says. It s not only benefici- aries who need this help, she says. There are people who have lost their income due to sickness or redun- dancy. And more and more it s affecting young working families. Young professional business people are not getting paid on time and their rent, or fuel or other expenses are not optional, so if they re not getting paid it s their families who miss out and don t get fed. She says it is not the type of demographic many would expect who are using the food bank in the Far North. There has been a higher need in the cur- rent climate. It s really shocking, it s absolutely shocking.
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