The Warkworth’s Christian Foodlink has made an appeal for cloth bags.
Organiser Davina Monds says Foodlink currently distributes its food and toiletry parcels in plastic bags, but wants to move to a more environmentally-friendly service.
“I think the householders we deliver to would really appreciate having the bag for their own use, as they normally can’t afford enough groceries to qualify for a free bag,” she says.
“I like the idea of these families being part of the solution.”
Foodlink covers from Puhoi to the Dome Valley, including Matakana, Leigh and the Mahurangi East peninsula. Clients are referred from various sources, from organisations such as Homebuilders,
Rodney Women’s Centre, Women’s Refuge, Springboard, mental health services, the budgeting service and churches, as well as private recommendations and people who approach Foodlink individually.
Last year, food parcels were distributed to 309 households, meeting the needs of just over 1000 people, of which more than half were children.
Davina says the need for parcels is not declining and in March alone, 39 food parcels were distributed.
Anyone with cloth or hessian bags to spare, can leave them either at the Presbyterian Church office in Pulham Road or at the Mahurangi Matters office in Neville Street.