Trust boosts food bank

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Members of the Awarua Synergy team drop off donated goods at Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust last week. Photo: Supplied

A LOCAL business is helping out with a new food bank being launched in Invercargill.

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust launched a new food bank called Pataka Oranga in Invercargill and the team at Awarua Synergy was keen to help out with a donation, Awarua Synergy chief executive Sumaria Beaton said.

Staff had put together a warm-up pack for families in need which contained hot chocolate, marshmallows, chocolate biscuits, warm socks, hot water bottles and blankets, she said.

“We’re really supportive of the new food bank and wanted to make a contribution to the cause. Helping people stay warm is at the core of what we do.”

Foodbanks often received a lot of the cupboard staples so they thought some sweet treats would be a welcome addition, she said.

They had also included some information on energy saving tips and things to avoid around the home, she said.

“For example, it’s recommended people don’t dry washing inside their houses,” Mrs Beaton said.

“Damp air is harder to heat, so you’ll have to keep your heating on for longer, and moisture inside homes leads to mould.”

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