Retirement village residents donate to food bank

From left to right are Ian Halsted (treasurer of the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village Residents Association), Peter Gordon and Dee Gordon (co-owners of the retirement village), Avis Munro (resident) and Kate Murray (Community Networks).

The residents of the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village have raised $5,190 for the Wanaka Food Bank, to help support families in need. The amount was matched by village owners, the Gordon, Armstrong, Anderson and Foster families. The final amount donated is $10,380. 

It was Avis Munro (91), who initially suggested that residents should band together to donate to the Wanaka Food Bank.  

“It’s been on my mind that young people with families in the district are having a hard time,” Munro said.“It all started to come in, and it’s just so much.”

Treasurer of the Resident’s Association Ian Halsted co-ordinated the receipt of the donations from residents.

Kate Murray from Community Networks visited Aspiring Village last week to receive the donation, and thank residents and the village for their support. Halsted and Munro represented the residents of the village and directors, Peter and Diana Gordon, attended to represent the village owners.  

Murray said the money would be used to purchase food to make food parcels for families/individuals struggling with the costs of buying food and for other food bank-related costs. We usually try and make up a food parcel which would feed a family for a week, she said. 

“The donation will make a massive difference to the running of the food bank. We need to upscale the food bank to meet an anticipated increase in demand going forward so are looking at a larger space, bigger freezer and people to help run it (along with the fantastic team of volunteers we have) – all of which have costs attached.   

“Currently, through the Civil Defense system (being delivered by QLDC), families can apply for support via the welfare registration form and may receive food vouchers. We are offering the occasional food parcel to families that, for whatever reason, are unable to get a food voucher. At the moment, an average of 15 food vouchers is being given out each day. Before coronavirus, we were averaging one food parcel a day. This offers us an indication of the increase in need. When the Civil Defence-funded food vouchers stop ( the timeframe on this is unknown) we need to be well set up to be able to meet this increase in demand for food parcels,” Murray said.

Read edition 976 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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