Food boxes for struggling families

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Healthy hand-up . . . Greater Green Island Community Network community worker Amanda Reid shows a box of food for a family in need, which she packed at St Mark's Anglican Church in Green Island. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Free food is available for families in need in the greater Green Island area.

Greater Green Island Community Network community worker Amanda Reid said she boxed food on a Thursday to give to families in need who lived in the greater Green Island area, or had children at its schools.

Families “having a hard time” could apply for eight weeks of food.

“Everyone goes home with a banana box. It’s not full – but it helps.”

Volunteers from the Community Care Trust collected food for the boxes from Kiwi Harvest each week.

Kiwi Harvest visits businesses, such as supermarkets and cafes, to collect food which would otherwise be thrown out.

The Greater Green Island Community Garden in Shand St gives produce for the boxes.

Any family in need of a box of food, or anyone who knows of a family in need of a box, could contact a network community worker on 470-0814 or greatergreenislandcommunity@gmail.com.

“There may be a sickness in the family, or someone in between jobs, or something has happened where they are struggling; then they can accept this food.”

About eight families normally accepted food.