The value of the free pantry outside Whangaparaoa Hall was highlighted earlier this month when a woman in desperate need left a note inside.
The note was found by Love Soup Hibiscus Coast volunteers, who posted the plea on social media. That same day, several cans of vegan food were placed there for collection.
The pantry was built outside the hall last September. Donated non-perishable food is left in it, which is free for anyone to take. The service is overseen by Love Soup.
Love Soup’s Julie King says people are taking items from the pantry, particularly under cover of darkness. “We are getting quite a few people in the type of situation this vegan lady is in – in great need,” Julie says. “They prefer to come to the pantry when they are unlikely to be seen although some do make contact with us or come to our free Sunday meals.”
Food items can be donated by simply placing them in the cabinet.