Kāpiti’s Foodbank – facing unprecedented demand and a forced move to new premises – will get a $25,000 grant from the District Council towards its relocation costs.
And Richard Mansell, speaking for the owners of Coastlands shopping mall, confirmed an offer to rent temporary premises within Coastlands.
The offer, originally from September 1, was still on the table ”when they need it,” he said.
This news came out at a Kāpiti Coast District Council zoom meeting yesterday.
Council was told Covid had delayed any take up of the Coastland’s offer at the beginning of the month.
Meanwhile, in August the Foodbank gave out 250 new parcels, a rise of 51 on the previous month.
Grannies ( and grandads) looking for food for the kids
Foodbank management noted that this included a new group of older people looking for food for their grandchildren.
The Foodbank was forced to leave its previous premises- the former NZTA building – last year and was given temporary accommodation at the Te Newhanga community centre. This was a lease for two years.
But weather tightness problems have forced all other users out of the centre, with the Foodbank now the only occupant.
Councillors heard how the building was now showing visible signs of decay, despite the use of two industrial strength dehumidifiers. There are now “grave concerns of the degradation of the building.”
KCDC CEO Wayne Maxwell said he was “extremely uncomfortable with the readings in the building.”
The $25,000 council grant will come from the council’s social investment priority housing which is set at $395,000 for the current financial year.
This means that $370,000 will remain for groups which apply for money.
Foodbank grant a ‘one-off’
However the Foodbank grant is one-off and the money available to other groups will return to the original $395,000 next year and the following year.
Apart from the grant approved this year, the Foodbank is also receiving free rent. Councillors heard that the KCDC saw an obligation as landlord because the lease was supposed to last into the middle of next year.
The Foodbank has raised $100,000 towards a new building which is being refitted, partly through Mensshed. It now needs another $50,000 to meet its target.