Porridge pours in to food banks

Salvation Army Dunedin City corps officer Dave McEwan (left) receives a bag of oats from Harraway...
Salvation Army Dunedin City corps officer Dave McEwan (left) receives a bag of oats from Harraway & Sons marketing manager Peter Cox in Green Island. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE
When the going gets tough, the tough eat oats.

Harraway & Sons marketing manager Peter Cox said the Dunedin oat manufacturing company was giving about 5000kg of "nutritious" oats for The Salvation Army to give to some of its South Island clients.

"It’s about 100,000 serves of porridge."

The donation was designed to help combat the economic impact of Covid-19 in the South Island.

"There is some serious hurt and pain at the moment," Mr Cox said.

Harraways oats had been given to food bank depots in Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown, Christchurch and Nelson.

Salvation Army Dunedin City corps officer Dave McEwan said the demand for food parcels in Dunedin had increased about 20% on last year.

Many of the clients coming to the food bank in Dunedin were using the service for the first time.

"It’s people who have never needed to look for help before," Capt McEwan said.

Some of the people who were new clients had a long history of giving to the food bank, he said.

"People who were employed — donating money or time — and now they’re in need because they don’t have jobs any more."

Many people who had lost their jobs struggled to find help "because they’ve never needed it".

As well as an increase in demand for food in Dunedin, Salvation Army staff had also seen a rise in anxiety levels, he said.

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