Poverty remains a ''serious'' and underestimated problem in
Dunedin, Presbyterian Support Otago chief executive Gillian
Bremner said this week.
Mrs Bremner gave an address on ''Poverty in the land of milk
and honey'' during a University of Otago symposium titled
''Poverty: Global and Local''.
A member of the public had recently asked her if everyone
accessing foodbanks really needed the support, she said.
Mrs Bremner was sure that was the case, because the second
time people required food from Presbyterian Support they were
asked in a more detailed way about their family needs.
Presbyterian Support was adopting a proactive approach to
poverty, and recent community development work in Pine Hill
had helped counter poverty issues and strengthened community
ties, she said.
Poverty not only existed in ''the land of milk and honey''
but some families faced tough choices at times about whether
to have food or to heat their homes.
Poverty contributed to ''fraught relationships'' and to
''greatly narrowing'' the possibilities of family life.