City Mission Food Parcels At Record Levels
Poverty is on the increase, according to the Auckland City
Mission. It says the plight of those caught in a poverty
trap has worsened particularly for low-income families and
Food parcel demand has continued to increase. In
the past year, the mission helped 200,000 Aucklanders. Most
of these people had never had a food parcel before.
increase is due to families struggling to cover basic
expenses, while student loans are keeping students broke,
says the Auckland City Mission.
It is calling on the
Government and the community to come together to meet the
costs of poverty.
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