The Lower Hutt Foodbank provides emergency food parcels, free to families and individuals within the Hutt community who are in true need. Clients come from all suburbs within the Lower Hutt valley - from Petone to Stokes Valley, and from the Western Suburbs to Wainuiomata and Eastbourne.
The Lower Hutt Foodbank does not have a 'one parcel only' policy. The Foodbank Committee recognises that every family situation is different and therefore assistance may be offered over an extended timeframe. However every client needs to demonstrate that they are trying to improve their own situation.
The Lower Hutt Community Foodbank works closely with other support organisations within the Hutt community to provide assistance to those in need beyond just a food parcel. A shortage of food within a household is generally a symptom of other problems which need to be dealt with. The support organisations we interact with include:
- Agape Budgeting Services
- Birthright Hutt Valley
- Citizens Advice - Budgeting Services
- Christians Against Poverty (CAPS)
- Community Mental Health
- Emerge Aotearoa
- Family Start
- Hutt City Budget and Advocacy Services
- Hutt Rape Counselling Network
- Hutt Union & Community Health Service
- Hutt Valley District Health Board
- Hutt Valley Women's Refuge
- Kokiri Marae Services
- NET (Naku Enei Tamariki)
- Red Cross Refugee Services
- Salvation Army
- Strengthening Families Lower Hutt
- Te Awakairangi Health Services
- Te Paepae Arahi Trust
- Wesley Community Action
- Work and Income
Examples of those we help
The following are some examples of situations that clients have found themselves in and which have led them to the Foodbank.
Both parents of a family working full time but struggling to make ends meet because of the costs of doctor visits and prescriptions for teenagers who have underlying long term health problems.
- A mother of two young children who has her own health problems, and whose husband has passed away, who is struggling to deal with medical and funeral costs as well as with her grief and that of her children.
A request from the District Health Board for food for a patient coming out of psychiatric care and who has no food at home.
- A mother and young child who spent the night in women's refuge, both still in shock from the violence meted out by her partner and witnessed by the child.
Families where the income earner suddenly experiences a loss of job, leaving the family with no income to service debts whilst they look for a new job.
A solo mother who has lost a child in a car accident and who is trying to cover costs of the funeral while struggling with her grief and with the need to care for her other young children.
Although most of our clients come directly to us for assistance many are referred to us and receive food parcels from us via the other support organisations listed above.