Lower Hutt Food Bank 396337 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz en-nz Lower Hutt Community Foodbank Incorporated 30 New World Promotion https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/872157 Many thanks to all those who have donated food so generously during the New World promotion. And a big bouquet to staff at New World for looking after all the many bags of food until we could pick them up. And it's still going in the Lower Hutt store after about 6 weeks. It has made a huge difference to our stocks - we haven't had to buy food for quite a while. Which is just as well. With the wage subsidy coming off we expect an increase in the need for emergency food parcels. So thank you everyone! 032, 6 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/872157 Level 1 Update https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/867045 The Foodbank is in business once again! Clients who need a food parcel are able to visit the Dudley St Foodbank as before. Throughout Level 3 and 2 we ran a successful partnership with the Salvation Army from the Treadwell St Hall in Naenae. It was virtually contactless, with clients ordering by email or phone and collecting their parcels from the hall. We can now accept food donations again just as before. We have always found the Lower Hutt Community very generous and we could not continue without them. So thank you for your continued support. 024, 10 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/867045 Level 2 update https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/864126 The Foodbank can now take food parcel requests from Monday 18 May. However, this will be a contact-less service so that clients may not walk up to the Foodbank premises and directly request a parcel as they may have done in the past. They will now have to phone or email their request as described on the 'Home' and 'For Clients' pages of this website. 020, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/864126 Further update COVID19 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/858164 As previously reported, the Lower Hutt Foodbank has had to suspend its operations during the Level 4 Lockdown in order to keep clients, volunteers and staff safe. The Salvation Army will provide contactless deliveries to Lower Hutt people requiring emergency food parcels. Those needing assistance need to TXT their name and post code to 4114 or phone 04 389 0594 or email to wellington.foodbank@salvationarmy.org.nz. Someone will be in contact Monday-Friday. 015, 7 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/858164 COVID19 update https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/857989 As you are all probably aware, the lockdown has meant we have had to suspend our services completely to ensure our volunteers and staff are not put at risk. The Salvation Army has stepped in and will provide contactless deliveries to clients' homes. The Lower Hutt Foodbank will give them as much assistance as we can in food and monetary donations. The Te Paepae Arahi Trust will provide drivers. We are very grateful that our clients will still have a service they can call on as the demand rises. The number to ring is 04 570 0273. 015, 6 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/857989 Thanks to Give a Little donors https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/857990 We are very grateful to all those who have recognised the increasing need for the provision of emergency food parcels during the COVID19 crisis and contributed to the Foodbank through Give a Little. You have our assurance that it will be used to help feed those in need in our community. 015, 6 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/857990 Foodbank closes to clients but continues a service to those in need https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/857111 Coronavirus has given the Foodbank a dilemma - to keep providing food parcels to those who need it while protecting clients, volunteers and our Coordinator from contracting the virus. For this reason we are closing the doors to clients tomorrow Monday 23 March, but taking orders by phone and email. We start delivering food parcels on Friday 27 March with the help of drivers from the Te Paepae Arahi Trust. 013, 22 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/857111 A wonderful pre-Christmas response https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/856096 What a wonderful community recognition of the increased need for the Foodbank pre-Christmas. It was very heart-warming and thanks to all businesses, schools, churches and individuals who pulled out all stops to ensure families could enjoy their Christmas with full tummies. 011, 9 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/856096 But stocks are low again https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/856097 The pressures of increased costs at the beginning of a year with schools going back and families needing to pay for uniforms, books etc has been reflected in a huge demand for our services. Our cupboards are almost bare and we are having to buy a lot more food than usual. So please dig deep and donate in the supermarket donation boxes or have another food drive at work. We need you! 011, 9 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/856097 Supermarket Food Drive https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/849002 What a wonderful response to our food drive at the local supermarkets on Saturday 16th Nov. Our stocks were extremely low which was a worry in the lead up to Christmas. But now our shelves are full thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Hutt residents. Thank you everyone!! 047, 23 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/849002 November supermarket food drive https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/846636 On Saturday November 16 we will be asking the supermarket shoppers to be especially generous as our stocks are much lower than usual and we need to fill our shelves before Christmas. Petone and Lower Hutt public have never let us down and always come up trumps so we hope to be in much better shape ready for Christmas. 042, 16 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/846636 Pak 'n Saves are our heroes once again https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/846635 Both the Petone and Lower Hutt Pak 'n Saves are coming to our rescue once again in the lead up to Christmas to subsidise food donated at their stores $1 for $1. The call on our services is particularly high during this time and our stocks deplete quickly. But with Pak 'n Saves' contributions we are in good shape to start the year again. Many thanks Pak 'n Save! 042, 16 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/846635 Foodbank AGM https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/836678 Its the time of year where we get to thank all our supporters and friends, look back on the past year and forward to the next one. You are cordially invited to the 2019 Annual General Meeting Thursday 22 August at St Mark's Church Woburn Road, Lower Hutt. Morning tea will be from 10am with the meeting following at approximately 10.30. We do hope you can make it. 030, 21 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/836678 Newztalk ZB supermarket Food Drive https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/827604 The first Food Drive for 2019 will be on Saturday 25 May. All Lower Hutt supermarkets will participate along with Pak 'n Save Petone. the Hutt community has always been very generous and contributions make a huge difference to our ability to provide a service to our struggling families. See you there! 016, 15 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/827604 Pak 'n Save turns up trumps once again https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/811515 Pak 'n Save Petone and Lower Hutt are giving the Foodbank a $ for $ subsidy for all food donations from 1 Nov until Christmas. What an amazingly generous gift once again. It makes a huge difference to what we can offer families at Christmas and indeed, throughout the year. Thanks heaps Pak 'n Save! 048, 1 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/811515 Foodbank closes over Christmas https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/811516 The Lower Hutt Foodbank will be open for the last time in 2018 on 22 December. It will reopen on Tuesday Jan 8 2019. This is to enable all the workers to recharge their batteries and come back fresh in the New Year. Happy Christmas everyone! 048, 1 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/811516 Community food drive yesterday https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/805198 Another wonderful response from a very generous Lower Hutt community. A huge thank you to all our contributors. And what wonderful work the service club volunteers picking up thousands of bags of food from all the streets in Lower Hutt and the Bays. And thanks to Hutt News for organising the distribution of bags and to Z- Energy for accepting unclaimed bags on our behalf. A team of Foodbank volunteers worked their butts off in the afternoon, sorting and storing all the food. All round a very successful day indeed!! 039, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/805198 A big bouquet to a 9 year old https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/803870 Young William Hoeksma deserves a big bouquet for asking friends to his 9th birthday not to bring him a present but to bring something for the Foodbank. The result was a very generous contribution to Foodbank supplies. Well done William. We need more like you! 038, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/803870 Massive Community food drive on Sunday 23 September https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/803183 Nearly 30,000 food donation bags will be delivered to households across the Lower Hutt region along with your Hutt News. The result will provide several months worth of provisions for families and individuals in need. The Hutt community is always very generous with its contributions, enabling the foodbank to provide over 2000 emergency food parcels per year, large enough to feed a family for a week. Households will need to put their donation bags at their gate by 12 noon after which the Lions and Rotary will be collecting. So bring it on Lower Hutt and live up to your wonderfully generous reputation. 037, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/803183 Lower Hutt community does it again! https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/793743 What a wonderful response we had once again to our supermarket food drive on 26 May. Stocks had dwindled alarmingly due to increased demand on our service so to have our shelves full again is very reassuring. It means we can assist families and individuals get through the winter months with our emergency food parcels. So a big thank you Lower Hutt! 025, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/793743 A big thank you to Hutt Valley High https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/793744 The Student Services Committee of Hutt Valley High recently organised a highly successful call for cans for our Foodbank. Students came up trumps and between them contributed 1700 cans of food. So a big thank you especially to the students who organised the event and to the students for responding so generously. 025, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/793744 Newztalk ZB Food Drive Saturday 26 May https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/788242 We are looking forward to this day when the community makes a special effort to donate food for our Lower Hutt Foodbank and are always so generous. Stocks are really low at present due to a noticeable increase in demand. Foodbanks around the country are experiencing this increase as well with a marked increase in the number of clients living in cars. So look out for the foodbank trolley on 26 May at both Pak 'n Saves, LH New World and High St Countdown. See you there! 019, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/788242 A new Service Coordinator for Lower Hutt Foodbank https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/778171 It is with much pleasure that we welcome Beverley Driver who started work with the Foodbank earlier this month. She comes with a strong background in the government, business and voluntary sectors. 009, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/778171 Pak 'n Save has done it again! https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/778163 Pak 'n Save supermarkets in Petone and Lower Hutt matched public food donations dollar for dollar. This means Petone supermarket was able to give the Foodbank a cheque for $11,800! This is a wonderful help and will enable us to buy food basics that have not been donated without having to apply for funding from other sources. Lower Hutt Pak 'n Save donated a further $2000. Both supermarkets have been presented with Certificates of Appreciation, a small recognition for a huge contribution. Many thanks Pak 'n Save! 009, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/778163 A record response from the Lower Hutt community https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/778156 The public donated a record amount of food in the lead up to Christmas - badly needed not only before Christmas but now, when families are faced with major costs of school uniforms, fees and books. a big thank you to all who gave so generously. 009, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/778156 An incredible community food drive Sept 17 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/758332 Once again the Lower Hutt community responded in spades to requests for food for our families in need. Not only that but Rotary and Lions Club volunteers put in a mammoth effort to collect food bags from the whole district filling our shelves and storage area. A great back up for the increased demands we expect before Christmas. Thanks to the Hutt News for their support too. We have a great community which thinks of others less well-off than themselves. A fine community effort. 039, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/758332 Another successful Food Drive https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/739547 May 27 saw another Newztalk ZB supermarket food drive. As usual, the Hutt Valley community were very generous and have filled the foodbank shelves again. We thank everyone who donated on that day and for continuing public support. It makes us feel proud to be providing a service in such a public spirited community. Well done Hutt Valley! 023, 7 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/739547 A new Chair for Foodbank https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/715265 After a very effective 2 years in the Chair, Juliet Clare stood down at the AGM in August 2016 but lucky for us has stayed on the Committee. We have been really fortunate to have Mark Vallance as the new Chair to carry on Juliet's great work. Mark came recommended through Volunteer Hutt and has brought much experience working with the non-profit sector. He has already shown himself to have invaluable knowledge around recent legislative changes and other bureaucratic requirements. It's great to have you Mark! 003, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/715265 Pak 'n Save https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/714419 A big thank you to Petone Pak 'n Save once again subsidising public food donations dollar for dollar. This Christmas they were joined by Lower Hutt Pak 'n Save so a big thank you to them too. Watch this space for the number of $$$s. 003, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/714419 Food for Fines https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/714418 Lower Hutt Libraries, you are amazing! Once again your 'Food for Fines' programme generated a very large number of cans, all beautifully boxed and ready for storage. Many thanks libraries! 003, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/714418 New Year Bouquets https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/714416 2016 brought another Christmas of overwhelming public generosity towards those in need. Food donations flew in from all parts of the Lower Hutt community which makes us all realise how lucky we are to live here where people look after each other. 003, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/714416 Bouquets to Petone Pak 'n Save https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/659263 Petone Pak'n Save subsidised food donations from 1 Oct to 24 Dec dollar for dollar. The public gave over $7000 worth of food over that time which means that the Foodbank collects food at a total of over $14,000 value. Thanks a million Pak 'n Save!! 006, 2 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/659263 More bouquets to Hutt City Libraries https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/659264 Hutt City libraries ran a 'Food for Fines'scheme in the lead up to Christmas which meant people could pay their library fine with non-perishable food items. This was a fantastically successful plan which raised many thousands of dollars of food. Big thank yous to all the 9 libraries that participated and to the staff who coordinated, collected and delivered all the food. Great Job!! 006, 2 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/659264 Christmas Bouquets to Lower Hutt community https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/654782 The Foodbank has been overwhelmed once again with the generosity of people in Lower Hutt who clearly understand the degree of the struggle some families and individuals are having, especially at Christmas. Thank you on behalf of the many households that benefitted from this generosity. 002, 7 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/654782 Heart-warming stories https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/654783 There were many heart-warming stories over the Christmas period but 2 in particular - 12 year old Ella Livingstone spent her grandparents $100 birthday gift on food for the Foodbank and a 5 year old girl (whose name we regret not asking for) who asked the friends she invited to her party to bring food for the Foodbank instead of presents for her. There were other lots of other stories reflecting Lower Hutt peoples' generous natures. Bravo!! 002, 7 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/654783 Hutt City libraries support the Lower Hutt Foodbank https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/650801 For the month of December, Hutt City libraries will waive your library fine if you donate food for the Foodbank. Five dollars worth of fines will be wiped from your record for every food item you bring in. Many thanks to Hutt City for this initiative. We hear the food is rolling in! Keep it coming! 050, 6 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/650801 A big thank you https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/650798 Once again the Lower Hutt community has come up trumps with its generous response to the Newztalk ZB Food Drive last month. Because of your giving, the Foodbank is able to assist more families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet. A heartfelt thank you. 050, 6 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/650798 Newstalk ZB Supermarket Food Drive https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/645506 The next supermarket food drive will be held in all Lower Hutt supermarkets (apart from Petone Countdown) on Saturday, November 21. Volunteers will be on hand to collect public donations of food from 9am to 3pm. Lower Hutt people have always been very generous helping us to provide adequate food to needy families over the holiday period. 045, 3 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/645506 Thank-you To The Hutt Community https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/594280 The Lower Hutt Foodbank Committee would like to thank all those who have donated much needed food and funds to the Lower Hutt Foodbank over the Christmas / New Year period. The charity expressed by businesses, groups and individuals within the Hutt community is truly humbling. 005, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/594280 Newstalk ZB Sponsored Food Drive https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/586168 The bi-annual Newstalk ZB sponsored supermarket food drive was held on Saturday 15 November. This is a twice a year event in which all the foodbanks within the Wellington region participate. Once again it was a big success for the Lower Hutt Foodbank as over 15 supermarket trolleys were filled to the brim with donated food items. 048, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/586168 New Home For Lower Hutt Foodbank https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/580870 The Lower Hutt Community Foodbank has a new home and is now located at 27 Dudley Street, in the Hutt CBD. The lease was signed just 2 days before having to vacate the Council owned premises at 47 Laings Road. 048, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1300 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/580870 Annual General Meeting - 2014 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/586187 The Lower Hutt Community Foodbank held its AGM for 2014 on 28 August. Copies of the the meeting reports can be accessed below. 036, 1 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/586187 Free Website Development and Hosting For Lower Hutt Foodbank https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567514 The Lower Hutt Foodbank would like to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Free DIY Websites for their offer of free hosting and consultancy support for our new website. Maria, the owner and developer of Free DIY Websites is a keen supporter of anyone or any organisation who helps the more vulnerable members of society (human or animal). You can find more information on her website: 032, 5 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567514 Grant From Pub Charity https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567513 The Lower Hutt Foodbank received $9000 in June 2014 for the purchase of food and other items to fill gaps in donated supplies in the six months to December 2014. The Foodbank is grateful to Pub Charity for their continued support. 030, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567513 Foodbank Statistics for 2014 Year To Date https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567512 For the first six months of 2014 there continues to be a high demand for food parcels. On average, the Foodbank provided 149 food parcels a month from January to the end of June, or a total of 895 parcels. These parcels supported over 1300 adults and over 1400 children. 030, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567512 Annual Hutt News & Lions Rotary Drive Cancelled For 2014 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567511 The Foodbank committee has decided to cancel the annual Lions and Rotary food drive scheduled for September this year. ‘We don’t think we should have a food drive in September when we don’t know if the Foodbank will still be in operation after the beginning of October’, says Eric Wadsworth who has been coordinating the food drive with Hutt Valley Lions and Rotary Clubs. 029, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567511 Good In The Hood Donation https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567509 For the month of March the Foodbank has received a cheque from the Z station on Hutt Road for $1000 via their Good In The Hood programme. A big thank you to all who selected the Lower Hutt Foodbank as their charity of choice. 029, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567509 Chilton Saint James - Food Donation https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567510 A big thank-you to the students of Chilton Saint James Junior School and their parents for their food donation in May 2014. We are very grateful for your generosity. 029, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1200 https://www.lowerhuttfoodbank.org.nz/blog/567510