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May and Peter Croft as essential workers during Level 4 lockdown

June 8, 2020 June 2020 No Comments

Hi – I would like to include May and Peter Croft as essential workers during Level 4 lockdown:

May and Peter have been responsible for coordinating and running the Martinborough Foodbank and the local Waiwaste scheme (that distributes food from local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets).  The size and complexity of this volunteer role grew significantly with the lockdown.  Given both May and Peter were classed as ‘vulnerable’, they quickly organized additional volunteers to take over the collection, packaging and delivery of food parcels.

As well as coordinating increased supplies and being the point of contact for families and people needing help – May and Peter also provided valuable pastoral care, ensuring our most vulnerable in the community continued to feel supported.  Prior to the Covid19 pandemic, May and Peter did this work by themselves with support from one or two other people.  

There were around eight families and individuals being supported prior to Level 4 lockdown.  Currently over 25 families (around 100 people) now receive Foodbank and Waiwaste support within the Martinborough district.  

May and Peter would be the first to acknowledge the humbling support of businesses such as Pain and Kershaw, and others such as Pinehaven, Henergy Eggs and Breadcraft who provide deeply discounted fruit, vegetables and other basics.

Without people like May and Peter who continue to give so very generously of their time and skill, our local community would be that much poorer.  A huge ‘thank you’ from us, the Martinborough community.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata

What is the most important thing in the world?  It is people, it is people, it is people.


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