The Waitara Foodbank has been serving the community for many years with the purpose of providing temporary relief through food parcels for those in need. The Waitara Foodbank is overseen by a committee of local volunteers and relies upon private and corporate donations. Donations come from local groups such as churches and schools but also from Corporates such as Tegel, Countdown and Waitara New World as well as many more.
In December 2017 WISE assisted in the annual Christmas Foodbank run where our staff ran or walked the streets of Waitara collecting food donations from the public. Our staff split themselves into 2 teams and created an internal competition between the two teams to see who would collect the most food. The teams ran the streets with noise makers and our Christmas decorated vans blaring Christmas music to alert the public. Not only did we collect boxes of food items but this was also an opportunity to have fun with colleagues while doing a worthy cause.
In July 2018 we jumped to the challenge again when the call went out yet again the Foodbank was short of food and money again. We thought of doing a midyear "Christmas food run" however due to most people being at work, schools and weekend sports, the timing was not right. Tracey then thought what better way to bring the community together than a HANGI. We then entered into mission "Hangi for Foodbank" with us seeking local sponsors to fund the Hangi as our wish was that all proceeds go the Foodbank. The support shown to our cause from the local suppliers was amazing. WISE staff together with Landbased Training students, Vicky from Waitara Alive, Lindsay and Jane from the Foodbank, Tiri Porter and Chona from Owae Marae did the preparations the day before and on the day of the Hangi the a team from WISE started the fire at 5am with assistance during the day from Olympia, Tiri, Chona and Patsy from Owae Marae as well as Sharon and Craig from Waitara New World. Though the day had its challenges we managed to pull it off with just under 400 tickets sales raising $4000 for the Waitara Foodbank. We couldn’t have done this without our sponsors below: