Combined Christmas Food Bank co-ordinator Rosalie
Littlejohn (left), Presbyterian Support Family Works
supervisor Deb Gelling and St Vincent de Paul area manager
Ken Fahey exhibit food parcels and presents at the
foodbank. Photo by Jonathan Chilton-Towle.
Volunteers at the Dunedin Combined Christmas Foodbank
have been working hard to bring Christmas cheer to hundreds of
Dunedin's most needy families this week.
Around 300 Christmas food and gift packages were prepared by
the city's main foodbanks and distributed by social agencies
as a contribution to a Christmas meal.
St Vincent de Paul area manager Ken Fahey said the combined
foodbank was a ''real end-of-year expression'' of the
collaboration between Dunedin's social agencies.
The agencies worked together to help people behind the scenes
all year long but the combined foodbank was a highly visible
demonstration of this work that could not be achieved by any
one group by itself, he said.
Presbyterian Support family works supervisor Deb Gelling said
many people receiving charity saw the Christmas foodbank as
an opportunity to give something back to the community that
had helped them when they were in need.
Around 10 volunteers and social agency representatives spent
Monday sorting and packing goods, which were distributed on
Tuesday and Wednesday.
The annual Christmas Foodbank programme has been running for
more than 10 years.
Most of the families receiving parcels were social agency
clients. They received the items based on a needs assessment.
The food, treats and gifts distributed through the Christmas
Foodbank were donated or bought using funds given by local
organisations and businesses.
The 300 packages were worth a total of around $10,000, Mr
Supporters of the Christmas Foodbank include Presbyterian
Support, St Vincent de Paul, Anglican Family Care, Catholic
Social Services and Methodist Mission, as well as local