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Pride and joy: A lot of marbles
have been rolled, bullrush
played and lessons learnt
since Greenmeadows School
opened 100 years ago. The
school is holding a low-key
centennial celebration in
October. Principal Mark
Johnson is pictured amidst a
whirlwind of Greenmeadows
pupils.See story page 10.
1 in 10 in Napier
By CAROLYN VEEN
Ten per cent of Napier s popu-
lation is living below the bread-
In the past year, 5828 people
relied on emergency food
parcels from the Napier Com-
The foodbank answered the
call from 55 agencies reques-
From the 1720 parcels dis-
tributed, 134 more than last
year, it was able to feed 2463
adults and 3365 children -- one
in 10 of Napier s 58,600 people.
There has been growing
demand during these tough
economic times, with an
increase of 7 per cent in the
number of parcels distributed.
Napier Foodbank treasurer
Bronwyn Newton says an aver-
age food parcel costs $103. To
the foodbank, this represents
an actual cost of $9.57 per par-
cel, with the balance of $93.55
being donated goods, she says.
The total value of groceries
distributed to those in need in
the community amounts to
around $177,367, which is
double the value distributed in
She is not surprised that the
cost of buying items from the
Foodbank grocery account
increased by $3000 this year.
The increase of 17.7 per cent
not only indicates an increase
in price, but also a higher
demand for parcels.
The family status of those
requesting food parcels
included 800 single parents,
512 with a spouse or partner,
464 living alone, and 180 with
Their income sources were
made up of 773 on the domestic
purpose benefit, 697 on a sick-
ness or invalid s benefit, 234 on
no income, 204 who were
employed, 30 who were on
superannuation, 12 on the
unemployment benefit, and six
who were students.
Of the 1956 requests, 236
were declined for various
Parcels are not dished out
willy-nilly; they are given only
to those who have already been
assessed by an agency to be in
immediate need in an emerg-
ency situation. There is a limit
of one to three parcels a year,
which means they are not given
out out repeatedly to the same
For more information, phone
the foodbank on 835 3370.
MANY IN DESPERATE NEED
HOW TO HELP
To donate directly to the Napier
Foodbank, please place
donations in the bin at your
supermarket, or phone
community house on 835 3370
to arrange drop-off or collection.
Monetary donations are welcome
and are tax-deductible. A tax
receipt can be provided.
The grocery account number is
BNZ 02 076 0026618 02.
The diversity of families in need of
parcels from a food bank in Hawke s
Bay runs the gamut.
These days it s quite common for
grandparents, and sometimes
great-grandparents, to find them-
selves in situations where they re
left to raise their grandchildren,
and for many, their pensions are
falling short of the weekly budget.
Many are in desperate need of a
food parcel to help feed the children
in their care, says Sue Chappell
from Napier Foodbank.
But it s things like school
uniforms and books that eat heavily
into the family s budget, and with
the food bank s help, they re doing
the best they can.
It s quite amazing just how
many people out there are not
aware of the food bank, and it s an
emotional experience when they
realise they re entitled to a food par-
cel to help them get through the
week, she says.
When you re on a very strict
budget, it s a case of living day-to-
day or week-to-week.
There is no money left to stock
the cupboards, even with something
as basic as noodles.
. . . many don t have enough
money to buy the specials to stock
up the pantry, because getting
through the week has already used
During these tough economic
times, the majority of people have to
stick to a tight budget, but when
unexpected costs arise, such as
medical costs or replacing a broken
toaster, the household budget is
blown. Sadly, when that happens,
the problem escalates and it s
almost impossible to claw back.
For many in our community,
Foodbank is a lifeline.
More cost of living stories, pages
three and four.
Halsbury Chambers, 74 Tennyson St, Napier Ph 835 5553 Fax 833 7443 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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