We are back at work and it feels like we never stopped. This year we only had a short break and re-opened the office on 4th January. Over this time we acted as cover for the Hamilton Christian Foodbank for people who had found the Christmas period too much financially. We were averaging around six foodparcels each day. One thing we noted was that the people who were struggling were different from those we normally see. We had a number of contractors who were not being paid over the Christmas period who had not budgeted for the long period between pay and who had no money to feed their family. We also had a number of grandmothers who had taken their grandchildren in to give their sons/daughters the opportunity to have some time out. This had seriously stretched their financial resources and we were happy to be able to help them get by.
We are very excited about the new year. Our Board has almost completed the strategic planning process, and it gives us a very clear direction for the next few years. With Bishop Steve’s strong support, we hope to continue developing our wonderful service.