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Feeding the community during lockdowns

Feeding the community during lockdowns

In the first three days of the August lockdown, Visionwest distributed 1,131 Emergency Food Parcels – more than the number for the entire month of July. By the end of December, we had distributed 15,459 parcels - each parcel is designed to feed two...

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Creating joy at Christmas

Creating joy at Christmas

It’s a privilege and joy to be able to create Christmas for families who would otherwise go without, and we couldn’t do it without you! Every year there are people in our community who find it difficult to put food on the table and to buy even the...

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A path out of homelessness

A path out of homelessness

Prior to lockdown, Damon* had been sleeping rough for a long time. His sister had noticed his declining health and wellbeing and became so concerned that she urged him to visit Visionwest. The reluctance Damon felt when he first visited...

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Christmas From The Heart 2021

Christmas From The Heart 2021

Thank you for being amazing, we really appreciate it. It has made our Christmas something to look forward to.   We are going to actually enjoy Christmas and not dread it like normal. These are just two of the many social media comments from...

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Pātaka Kai: The COVID Effect

Pātaka Kai: The COVID Effect

In just two months (September and October 2021), Visionwest’s Pātaka Kai processed, packed, and delivered 8,684 food parcels, feeding 11,517 adults and 10,593 children – a total of 22,110 people. Last year: This is an amazing output when compared...

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Building is a blessing to the community

Building is a blessing to the community

Visionwest has purchased the vacant Salvation Army church building at 275 Glengarry Road, Glen Eden to cope with growth on its Glendale Rd site. On Wednesday, April 21st, a number of representatives from Visionwest, the Salvation Army and Glen Eden...

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Support Was A Lifeline

Support Was A Lifeline

Shannon* had been receiving food parcels from Visionwest’s Pātaka Kai to help her through a really tough time. Shannon is a single mum who, whilst looking for work, found herself struggling to make ends meet. Rising living costs and increasing rent...

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Community Connection

Community Connection

Jody* is too unwell and vulnerable to work but in order to access the government support she needs, she had to complete an online application form. For Jody this was a major barrier. She doesn’t own a computer and has no idea what an online form...

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Answering the need of food insecurity

Answering the need of food insecurity

Pātaka Kai staff knew the demand for food would be huge, and it was – a substantial 45% greater than normal. Something had to give and, with seriously depleted food stocks, Visionwest has had to initiate an emergency food appeal. Each time a COVID...

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5 Days of Christmas

5 Days of Christmas

For the second year in a row, Visionwest joined with the Auckland City Mission and Glen Eden Baptist Church to create Christmas for whānau throughout West Auckland. For an increasing number of whānau, Christmas may be like any other day with gifts...

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Feeding the community during lockdowns

Feeding the community during lockdowns

In the first three days of the August lockdown, Visionwest distributed 1,131 Emergency Food Parcels – more than the number for the entire month of July. By the end of December, we had distributed...