19 Lockdown: Increased pressure to provide adequate food to those in need.

Community service providers across Motu are trying to manage and plan for increased demand during the lockdown.

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They are distributing food parcels, lunches and advice to those in need, while preparing to deal with the Level Four expansion.

In the capital, T. Wanganui-Tara, the discovery of Covid 19 in the city today did not stop Empathy Soup Kitchens from helping those in need.

Its manager, Gary Sutton, said demand had risen sharply during Level 4.

“On a typical day, that’s about 100 to 120 meals. During Alert Level 4 lockdown, we go to 180 to 200 meals a day because other establishments need hot meals because they provide them themselves. Are unable to do so or they ‘pick them up from their normal suppliers.’

He was giving takeway lunch to passersby during the lockdown.

“We try and have as much warmth and encouragement as possible in short, very short conversations with each guest, ‘because we realize it’s a little difficult. They are isolated at the best of times and it’s a It’s a little bit more isolated over time. Like that. “

In Ahuri Napier, the iwi authority responsible for the care of Heavy and Murray, Te Taiwhenua o Te Whanganui ā Orotu, was helping everyone who needed it by connecting to their services.

Chief executive Tina Eden said they were able to do it immediately.

“Nationally, because of Maori, our connections and ground network, we can stand up, we can stand up, we can move, we can come together, we can only do that.”

Korova and Koya were calling about medical and transportation concerns, he said.

“We also have some questions about food parcels, because unfortunately children eat too much at home, so some families are struggling and need our help at this stage.”

They can now set up a food hub because the lockdown has been extended.

Down south in Ptepoti Dunedin, the night shelter had to be temporarily closed due to restrictions.

It has 12 beds and those who use it frequently are kept as backpackers.

Chairperson Claire Koran said she helped the community by making sure food was not wasted.

“The night shelter is entirely dependent on the generosity of the community. We receive donations of food and bedding and clothing, etc. and we want to make sure that we do not leave food in the shelter that communities can use. ۔ “

So they ran to the needy before the lockdown began.

“Any food that was left before the lockdown was made available in the community through our food pantries that are open to the public and [we were] Hopefully people, people who don’t have enough, things like eggs and vegetables, so they can use these foods. “

Korn said the shelter is working on its plan to expand the lockdown, considering whether it will reopen.


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