The residents of the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village recently 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 with the final amount donated being $10,380.
It was Avis Munro (91), who originally 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”, said Mrs Munro, “It all started to come in, and it’s just so much!”
Ian Halsted, as Treasurer of the Residents’ Association, co-ordinated receipt of the many, generous donations from residents.
The money will be used to purchase food to make food parcels for families/individuals that are struggling with the costs of buying food and for other food bank related costs. Community Networks Wanaka make up a food parcel which would feed a family for a week.
Kate Murray from Community Networks Wanaka visited Aspiring Village this week to receive the donation, and thank residents and the village owners for their support. “The donation will make a huge difference to the running of the foodbank. 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 the food bank – all of which have costs attached” – Kate Murray.