This collection is of critical importance to re-stock the shelves of your local Foodbank for another year.

by Roger Childs

Increased demand

The 2020 Covid-19 Lockdown and its economic consequence has seen an increase in the demand for food and other supplies from less well-off New Zealanders. The Kapiti area has been no exception and this coming Saturday – 28 November – the Combined Lions Clubs of Kapiti are coordinating the Annual Foodbank Appeal.

The local Foodbank was originally located in McGrath Ave, Paraparaumu Beach on the north–west side of the airport. It later moved to a building on Kapiti Road which had previously been occupied by the Kapiti Medical Centre. Unfortunately, although the building had plenty of space, its location east of the expressway made it difficult to access especially for people coming from Paraparaumu who had to cross the traffic on this very busy road.

A much safer and easily accessed location on the southern side of the Community Centre opposite the Kapiti School grounds is now the home of The Kapiti Foodbank. 

The official address is 15 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu.

How the Foodbank operates

The Kapiti Foodbank is a registered charity run by volunteers. It provides for the needs of people in the Kapiti District from Paekakariki to Peka Peka, (Otaki has its own Foodbank.)

The Foodbank is open from 8.30am to 12.30pm for contributions to be delivered, and from 10.00am to 12.00am for people wanting food parcels. 

Contributions can be placed in bins at supermarkets in Waikanae and Paraparaumu, however, vegetables and fruit need to be delivered directly to the Foodbank.

The Appeal on Saturday 28 November

Items most needed–

  • Tinned fish and meat
  • Cereals 
  • Tinned tomatoes and fruit
  • Tinned and packet soups
  • Spreads, jams, vegemite
  • Pasta, rice, noodles and pasta sauce
  • Spaghetti and baked beans
  • Tea, coffee, fruit drinks
  • Sugar, flour and other baking ingredients
  • Toiletries
  • Christmas treats

Leave donations outside your gate where collectors can see it by 9.30 am on Saturday.