Requests for foodbank parcels rising

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Help ing out...Gore Salvation Army Corps captain Lydia Carpenter and community worker Kaye Byron pack food parcels ready for the next re quest. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Gore Salvation Army foodbank staff have seen an increase in the number of requests for food parcels.

The contactless foodbank has been open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 2pm.

The service is staffed by Gore Salvation Army Corps captain Lydia Carpenter and community worker Kaye Byron

Cpt Carpenter said since the beginning of lockdown the group had given out 35 food parcels.

“We went from an average of six a week to 22 a week,” Cpt Carpenter said.

The food items received from the Lions Club Toot for Tucker drive were just about used up.

However, the Salvation Army had a Covid fund and the pair could buy food at the supermarket.

“We’re coping, but we’re doing lots of supermarket visiting,” Cpt Carpenter said.

Last week the “food was going out as fast as it was coming in”, Ms Byron said.

Items such as shampoo, toothpaste and soap were in short supply.

The freezer had been stocked up before lockdown with a donation of meat from Riversdale butcher Daniel Butler.

People were dropping off groceries at the door but were also leaving items in the collection baskets at supermarkets, they said.