Going into the community to find those in need. 2 February 2021
The Vinnies Food-hub continues to receive requests from numerous families and individuals finding themselves in situations where they are not able to make ends meet.
The team at the Vinnies Food-hub appreciate all the donations and the volunteer groups that have continued to roster on to process, pack and deliver to families.
From March 2020- January 2021 Vinnies responded to 23,400 requests for food support. This number will hopefully level out as families settle into employment and also receive other forms of support.
Aside for the large number of people who get assistance through referrals from agencies and those who contact Vinnies for assistance, there are many who are not able to access help.
There is an increasing number of the invisible poor; those who are unable to reach out for help and continue to fall through the cracks. This a sad reality due to many factors such as mental health issues, break down in relationships, domestic violence, poverty and isolation to name a few.
As a response to this issue, Vinnies have organised staff and volunteer teams to regularly visit housing sites, put on community meals and events to build relationship and also to connect with those who find it hard to reach out.
Each fortnight Key worker Beau Takapu (pictured below) preparing packages for his fortnightly visit to a local residential flats for the elderly. Beau delivers up to thirty small food packages of essential supplies. eg: milk , fruit, meat etc. The food delivery is really a way to regularly connect and build relationships. Through these relationships the Vinnies staff are able to build trust, find out their needs and advocate for more support for these communities. There are several other Vinnies teams rostered to visit other caravan parks, boarding houses and transitional housing facilities throughout Auckland.
These teams with the support of the volunteers can deliver food packages to up 200 homes in one day.
The general feedback from the volunteers is that they enjoy this mahi and especially the people they visit. They have also reported back that this service needs to continue as they discover more and more people needing the support.
The feedback from those receiving the support has been positive and hopeful, they look forward to the teams visits and the conversations that ensue.
Vinnies will continue to fund this this work through 2021.
A big Thank you to all our generous donors for enabling this mahi-aroha.