Demand for food parcels has risen strongly at the Mosgiel
Community Foodbank this year, as rising living costs and
recent job losses make an impact.
Foodbank co-ordinator Michelle Kerr said the foodbank
provided 500 food parcels last year, an average of 41 parcels
''On average this year it's 55.''
The 34% increase in demand was ''due to economic pressure''.
The foodbank was seeing more working families and pensioners
facing higher living costs, bigger power bills and higher
Times were tough for some families, even with both parents
Recent job losses in the Mosgiel area, including at Southern
Cross Forest Products, had also added to pressure on
And for some people, their benefits were not keeping up with
the rising cost of living.
Some people were already under financial stress, and came
into the foodbank after those pressures unexpectedly
''Sometimes you do have a large bill that comes in that you
Some people also found it ''very daunting'' to use a
foodbank, and perhaps found it challenging to admit that they
needed further help.
''Everybody is welcome to come through the door. It doesn't
matter if they both have a job,'' Mrs Kerr said.
The foodbank was supported by church groups through the
Taieri Christian Care Trust, other organisations and schools.
''We never run out. We can't have enough praise for our