Foodbank to open on Tuesday evenings

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The Oamaru Churches Food Bank is extending its opening hours to meet demand and help more working people.

Manager Bernard Wilkinson said with the rising cost of living, there were individuals and families — many of whom were employed — finding it difficult to put food on the table.

At present, the foodbank opens to the public on Fridays, from 10am to noon. However, Mr Wilkinson was aware people who were working could find it difficult to get to the France St foodbank at that time.

‘‘We have therefore decided to open additionally on Tuesday evenings, from 5pm to 6.30pm,’’ he said.

The Tuesday night opening hours would be trialled during June and July, and reviewed at the end of the two months.

‘‘We will review it at the end of July, because if we don’t get usage, there’s no point in continuing it.’’

Foodbank demand was ‘‘steady’’ at present, and while there had not been any complaints about current opening hours, Mr Wilkinson wanted to make sure everyone was able to access help if they needed it.

‘‘We believe that there are people in the community who could probably do with some help — and they’re not able to come to us because they’re working and 10am to 12pm on a Friday doesn’t suit.’’

The foodbank had the stocks to cope with an increase in demand, due to the generosity of the Waitaki community, he said.

People from all walks of life came through the doors of the foodbank looking for help — including those who were in work and those who were not — and ‘‘we don’t ask too many questions’’, Mr Wilkinson said.