YOU ARE WELCOME
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, katoa
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all who contribute groceries and gifts. We appreciate your support. Together, we make a difference in this community.
To whānau who receive grocery parcels from St Anne's Pantry we offer arohanui.
Ngā mihi - kind regards
Margaret & Terry - Facilitators
St Anne's Pantry is a Porirua Food Bank initiated by Porirua Anglican Vicar Jonathon Boyes and church member Pat Higham as the Porirua Anglican Cooperative Trust (PACT) in 1984.
In 1989 PACT was re-titled St Anne's Pantry and Jean Stratford took leadership until her death 2005. In 2001, on Jean's watch, 3,000 people received food through 800 food parcels - an average of 16 per week.
For a period the Reverend Esme Collins oversaw the Pantry operation before Porirua parishioners Diane Stuart and Val Grace led from 2010-2019. In January 2020 Margaret Alve and Sofia Ali became co-facilitators. During 2021 Margaret and Terry Alve co-facilitate supported by a team of 20 volunteers who shop for and collect groceries, shelve, pack, deliver, fundraise and administer.
In 2021 the St Anne's Pantry (Foodbank) delivered 1097 food parcels to 628 households averaging 4.5 people each. Donated and purchased groceries amounted to $175,000 and approximately 2,500 volunteer hours were donated.