Food parcels to spread some cheer
Hundreds of struggling Christchurch families will receive a winter boost thanks to a local charity.
Charitable trust Families for Families is making 500 food parcels that the Salvation Army will deliver this week as part of a Salvation Army programme helping families to become independent.
Salvation Army spokesman John Gardner said the number of families needing help had risen 110 per cent since the earthquakes and many were "still dealing with the harsh realities" of the quakes day-to-day.
"These food parcels will be very welcome and will provide a little respite as we come to the coldest time of the year," he said.
Families for Families was set up in 2012 to provide food parcels to Christchurch families in need at Christmas. Last year the trust provided 2000 food packs, which included chickens, sausages, bread and fresh vegetables.
Trust founder Nikki Dew said the trust had been able to provide the food packs because of successful fundraising efforts last year and the support from Harcourts Gold, its principal sponsor.
The trust continued to seek sponsors so that it could afford to provide more parcels for families throughout the year, she said.
More information on Families for Families and fundraising can be found at familiesforfamilies.org.nz