Wider Community COVID Involvement
There was so much goodwill across our community during the COVID Emergency, WELLfed was honoured to be at the forefront of it.
Early in Level 4 lockdown Becs and Kim were invited to be part of the WREMO Civil Defence, Porirua Welfare Response to the COVID state of Emergency.
Numerous local agencies and organisations gathered for twice-weekly Zoom calls to identify need, capabilities and co-ordinate responses. Initially, there was behind-the-scenes mahi underway as everyone worked hard to create a collaborative response.
Working out how to meet community needs within the restrictions of lockdown was challenging. This scenario was something no-one had imagined would happen, let alone had planned for.
WELLfed was excited and proud to be included as part of this community-focused action to care for our community during the emergency. Our WELLfed whānau benefited from our involvement in the wider response as community groups and other social sector agencies combined forces to respond with haste.
As part of a nationwide response by Foodstuffs, WELLfed received a donation of $15,000 worth of product from New World Porirua and New World Paremata. This is being used to make up 'pantry basics' kits, including things like flour, baking powder, spices & more for Learners to use at home.
Pelorus Trust also funded slow cookers and stick mixers for WELLfed Learners as part of the response and we have adapted recipes to include use of this awesome equipment.
Some of our team's tutor time spent creating new recipes & videos was covered by Tawa Community Education, thanks to Adult & Community Education funding.
An amazing donation from Zonta Mana towards video equipment has allowed us to create online content for our Learners to continue learning at home.
We also received generous donations, including $600 from Mana Lions. Many individual supporters made contributions, like the amount they saved in petrol or takeaways.