Following the recent move to the new Wānaka Community Hub on McDougall Street, Community Networks now has a lot more space to store contributions to its food bank. It didn’t take long for loyal contributors Rosemary and Günther to wise up to this, and they arrived with boxes of fresh produce almost before the phones had been plugged in.
The Community Networks team will shortly be gearing up for the annual Harcourts Foodbank Drive, which always sees the good folk of Wānaka and Hāwea donating generously to help ensure everyone is able to celebrate the season, but manager Kate Murray is keen to point out that some families struggle to put food on the table all year round and not just at Christmas. Donations are welcome at any time.
Kate mentioned that the move to the fabulous facilities at the new Community Hub doesn’t mean that her team and LINK Upper Clutha are suddenly awash with funding. “It’s not common knowledge that we’re only one of the 11 organisations needing to fund expenses such as rent to operate in this building — we haven’t suddenly found a pot of gold. We still need public support for our work in helping those in need.”
Community Networks and LINK Upper Clutha are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 34 McDougall Street, phone 443 7799.