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Positive feedback for new East Coast food bank

THE new East Coast Community Foodbank, operating during its first Christmas, has been “embraced” by the community, says spokesman Johnathan Pere.

He said the foodbank had received 58 donations during November and December and delivered 46 parcels.

“We also cooked one pot of kai for the homeless.”

In the new year there had been another six donations and four food parcels delivered.

“The demand is definitely at a steady pace with families wanting the basics,” said Mr Pere.

“We mostly ask our donors to give flour to make bread, powdered milk, margarine, sugar, fruit, vegetables and two-minute noodles.

Mr Pere said the foodbank had also approached corporate organisations.

Feedback had been positive.

“There has been much comment about how we are private, anonymous and not intrusive.

“No one is judged and images of all donations are posted directly on to our Facebook page.

“There has been good feedback about how we deliver donations because some recipients have no petrol money, or car, or money for the bus fare.”

The foodbank can be contacted through its Facebook page, by emailing eastcoastfoodbank@gmail.com or by phoning 027 390 5752.