DECEMBER 2018 Highlights

Feed A Family Project Launches

What is the FEED A FAMILY appeal 2018?

‘’Feed a Family’’ is an appeal by the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Kingsland Centre, to support families who are struggling to put food on the table during the Christmas Season. It is an opportunity for you to connect with a family, and really make a difference.

The Kingsland St Vincent de Paul food bank was initially set up in the late 1990s to support a few families and vulnerable people around the periphery of the city especially those referred by our Catholic Churches near the Auckland CBD. Today the Kingsland Foodbank is operating at full capacity and punching above its weight putting out food boxes to support over 3000 people in 2018.

The people who come to us seeking support, vary from your city rough sleeper, through to parents and grandparents both with jobs who simply cannot put food on the table due to extra costs. Other people are referred through social service providers, Work and Income, mental health services, refuges, prison and so forth. By the time these people and families arrive at our door food is already in short supply. Housing usually takes precedence to food, when choosing whether to pay food or rent. Food insecurity is a really serious issue in New Zealand, it remains hidden as there is a lot of stigma and shame around poverty and being poor.

With Christmas approaching, many of these families are already worried and anxious about food and gifts for their loved ones. That is why we have come to you. Can you help some families put food on the table for or sponsor a gift for a child? Any support will make a difference.

What can you do?

• Sponsor Christmas gift packs for a family at $25 a pack. • Sponsor linen pack for a family at $40 a pack. • Sponsor Food packs for a family at $80 a pack. • Donate any amount you can that will go towards a pack. • Support a family with your prayers.

Internet Banking to Society of St Vincent de Paul Auckland. •

ASB Bank 12-3017-0500224-00

Reference Fields: Your name and the words “FeedAFamily”.

St John the Baptist Parish, Parnell, Auckland

Good Shepherd Parish, Balmoral, Auckland

St Benedict’s Church Parish, Newton, Auckland


Oranga Tamariki Day 2018

Shout out to the Marist and St Peters College Vinnies who hosted this years Oranga Tamariki Day. The youth there enjoyed the range of play-doh, sports and awesome food… Even Moana herself showed up!! The Vinnies team of volunteers loved the kanohi ki te kanohi that is, face to face contact, and Christmas vibes!#VinniesYouth #FeedAFamily


Working with Auckland City Mission to Feed Families



Kohuora Prison Family Visits Day

SPENDING TIME WITH WHANAU @Kohuora Corrections Family vists day was such heart and thought provoking experience.Close to 250 people came through and spent time with us as they prepared to go into Prison to visit their loved ones. Although it was a festive event and it was uplifting for the spirit…. We were reminded quite quickly of our “privilege”. We are privileged in that we have access to so many opportunities, we still have access to family especially to most of our loved ones. For many this is not a reality.
Today we have a new found respect, compassion and love for families of those who end up inside. The children, the partners and parents are all affected. The vulnerability of many of these families is exacerbated, where there is already so much strain on relationships, mental health and resources. Stories poured forward about the struggle, of children growing up without father figures and growing up in poverty. You can hear and sense the abuse that many have lived with, that has been passed down through the generations.
Oh Lord we pray today for your whānau inside, those on the outside who try and keep the home fires burning, the precious children and also all those affected by the harm caused. We pray also for the staff and officers. We pray to the Lord #WeLiftThemUpToTheLord #LordHearUs

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