52 days ago

400 per cent rise in food parcel demand in West Auckland

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Western Leader

A contactless drive-through food service has seen a surge in demand following the snap lockdown.

250 cars collected 300 food parcels from Vision West’s Pātaka Kai to provide for local families last Friday, a 400 per cent increase on normal days.

Spokesperson Brooke Turner said there is a massive need and it “feels like alert level 5”.

“The most common reason we hear is that cause the kids are at home we burn through supplies faster,” he said.

“There’s far more fear and anxiety with delta variant, we have people coming and getting parcels for their neighbours who are afraid to go out.”

But Brooke said he was proud of the Kiwi spirit to help their neighbours.

“Our staff are remarkably resilient and committed to making sure that people are supported.”

What are you doing to look out for your neighbours this lockdown?

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13 days ago

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3 hours ago

Happy National Gardening Week! 👩‍🌾🍅

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

This year Kiwis are being encouraged to grow-an-extra-row to share with neighbours, community pantries, food banks and other local food donation agencies.

Backyard and communal edible gardens not only provide healthy, sustainable and tasty kai, they also create greater food resiliency within our hapori.

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6 days ago

KFC giving away free food to those who get vaccinated

Brian from New Lynn

Vaccinations used to come with the sweet reward of a lollipop at the end, but the Covid-19 jab has no such reward. That's about to change, with KFC announcing they're giving out some goodies to those who choose to get vaccinated against Covid-19. On Wednesday, KFC will be supporting the "90 per cent Project" by providing free Lolli-Popcorn Chicken in a bid to encourage those who aren't yet vaccinated to do so.
Two regions a day around the country will be able to get their Popcorn Chicken Snackbox if they show their vaccination card or sticker at a KFC store or drive-through. Bay of Plenty will be the first to be rewarded for getting vaccinated when the KFC initiative rolls out in the region tomorrow. Each region will have two separate days throughout the next two weeks to claim their vaccination incentive. Each region's turn will be announced on KFC's website at 2pm, or on ZM and Flava's Craving Vaxx Facts, available on their websites. "We're excited to be partnering with KFC on this initiative. Young people are an important part of the road to getting 90 per cent of New Zealand vaccinated, so ZM and Flava are helping them understand the decision better by speaking to experts and sources young Kiwis trust, with the added incentive of NZ's favourite chicken" says Paul Hancox, chief revenue officer, NZME. The move comes after a number of incentives were provided to those getting vaccinated at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. Those who were not yet vaccinated were given either grocery or petrol vouchers or KFC if they came and got vaccinated. The assistant coach of the Samoan national women's rugby team said there's been some criticism towards offering incentives when getting the jab, but the approach is working.
"The incentive is they come and get KFC or they come and get groceries or petrol vouchers, whatever it is, they're getting vaccinated for a good cause and that's great, so keep coming. "That's the way we host as Pacific Islanders, we do that with food and we do that with gifts so why not this way, and it's working."
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