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Society of St Vincent de Paul East Auckland Area Council

  • VINNIES CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE SURGE OF DEMAND     24 July 2020
    Posted by: Society of St Vincent de Paul East Auckland Area Council
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    It is the end of July now and Vinnies Auckland have responded to well over 12,000 referrals/requests for food-boxes. These are still unprecedented times. The demand for food peaked during the COVID19 Lockdown at around 1000 boxes per week and now they are currently processing an average of 500 referrals for food parcels per week.

    Each family food parcel contains = 1 box of dry goods, 1 box of fresh produce and bread and finally a box of frozen meat, dairy and vegetables. Each food parcel is valued at around $100.

    The largest demand of food parcels comes from those affected most by job losses, Pasifika and Maori families, solo parents, those who are mentally and physically unwell, those who are lower income earners, beneficiaries, and also the elderly.

    The Society is grateful for the assistance of the Civil Defense Emergency Management and the ongoing and faithful assistance from Kiwi Harvest and Citymission for the extra supplies of bulk produce that has saved alot of funds and ensure the nutritionally quality of the food being delivered to families.

    It is a miracle that Vinnies Auckland is still able to process 500 parcels each week. Enabling this miracle are the

    1. Generous donors on this Givealittle page and friends of Vinnies to support us each year.

    2. Wonderful volunteer youth groups and organisations that have rostered on every weekend to pack and process the parcels.

    3. The amazing Essential Service volunteers who still continue to deliver food parcels and also help out at the Centre.

    The Society will continue to be faithful in carrying out this work for as long as they are able.

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  • LEVEL 2 RESPONSE      2 June 2020
    Posted by: Society of St Vincent de Paul East Auckland Area Council
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    As we enter we enter into COVID19 Level 2 as a nation, the need for food assistance still remains high. Although the incoming referrals by phone and emails have leveled out, the demand for food assistance from partnering organisations and other providers of social services continues to increase.

    It is envisioned that this need will increase over the next part of the year will increase as job insecurity increases with the cutting back of paid hours and the loss of jobs. The St Vincent de Paul food-banks throughout Auckland continue to process up to 850+ family food-boxes per week.

    Currently the Civil Defence Emergency Management, are assisting with some of the funding towards the procurement of bulk food supplies to meet this need.

    The Society is also grateful to the Catholic Caring Foundation, Kiwiharvest, Auckland Citymission ,the Ministry of Primary Industries amongst all the individual generous donors who are assisting with the provision of funding and also the supply of bulk food.

    Volunteers and St Vincent de Paul staff continue to work hard to ensure that hundreds of these food boxes are packed and processed each week ready for distribution to those need the support.

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  • Foodbanks giving out food for a whole week in one day.     30 April 2020
    Posted by: Society of St Vincent de Paul East Auckland Area Council
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    As New Zealand enters into Level 3 of COVID-19 we are starting to see a stark increase of people seeking support from local food banks. the VINNIES Auckland food bank is now giving out a record amount of food packages compared to previous years. They used to give out 120 food packages in one week and now are giving out 200 per day. The need is great and it will continue to be for months to come.

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  • COVID-19 VINNIES Auckland RESPONSE     30 April 2020
    Posted by: Society of St Vincent de Paul East Auckland Area Council
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    We Are ALL in This Together

    As the lockdown continues amidst the global pandemic caused by covid-19, families are balancing the roles of helping to prevent disease transmission whilst also ensuring there is enough food to put on the table. A number of foodbanks run by various non-for profit collectives have closed across the country since the lockdown announcement. Foodbanks such as those operated by Auckland Society of St Vincent de Paul branches have been working overtime to keep families fed during the covid-19 pandemic. In response to this, a number of young adults have stepped up to offer any support they can. In anticipation of the growing need within the community, bulk chillers and freezers were connected and made ready for the incoming bulk food for the Vinnies foodbank. Between receiving stock, organising the foodbank and preparing logistics, these men and women would find time to fill in foodparcel requests for the Auck CBD, wider community areas as well as family lists from Social workers.

    The realities of the covid-19 have been realised none more so than in our communities. Amidst calls to ensure the health and safety of families across the country, food has become even more important as both comfort and source of nutrition during this time of grief and healing. The unfolding of the lockdown has since called into question how Aotearoa as a nation might be able to ward off a food crisis that is pandemic-related. In response to this, young adults have been operating Foodbank Satellites from their homes all over Auckland. The bulk stock is dropped off to their homes and they are given lists of deliveries in their local area. Within the last few weeks alone there has been a steep surge in requests coming in from families needing support. This has meant an increase of teams and added precautions around social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing and sterilizing. The team of staff and volunteers have been working around the clock to process orders and pack boxes to meet the demand.

    Health and wellbeing is influenced heavily by what and how we eat. The ability to consume food that is nutritional and accessible has become undermined by the intertwining of numerous realities. The reality for many families is that job security has been shaken, and in some cases rendered absent altogether. There are utility payments that still need to be paid. There are growing health care needs amongst those who live in homes with poor insulation. There are those who have isolated themselves in sickness with little to no access to support. While food is a significant need, many families have sorely missed the opportunities for face to face conversations or having someone there to hear their story.

    The Auckland Vinnies team recognise that now, more than ever, solidarity, compassion and prayers will be what builds resilience against food insecurity. It is well known amongst the staff and volunteers of SVdP that upholding dignity through meaningful relationships will be key to ensuring that families do not go without during their time of need.

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