A South Auckland marae has launched a drive-through food bank in a bid to support local families in need during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Today, a handful of colourful volunteers wearing face masks and gloves could be seen packaging parcels of frozen and fresh kai outside Ngā Whare Waatea Marae on Calthorp Close in Favona, South Auckland.

Clients give their details from their car to Hannah at the Nga Whare Waatea Marae drive-through food bank. Photo / Michael Craig
Clients give their details from their car to Hannah at the Nga Whare Waatea Marae drive-through food bank. Photo / Michael Craig

The site has been set up so drivers can pull up to a bench and be handed a parcel through the window, without getting out of their car.

Food parcel ready for collection includes fresh veges and fruit, milk, butter, eggs, bread and meat. Photo / Michael Craig
Food parcel ready for collection includes fresh veges and fruit, milk, butter, eggs, bread and meat. Photo / Michael Craig

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After being given instructions to exit their vehicles, clients collect their food parcels. Photo / Michael Craig
After being given instructions to exit their vehicles, clients collect their food parcels. Photo / Michael Craig

Hygiene packs were also been donated. They included: 25 packets of Chux wipes, a pair household rubber gloves, a packet of 100 Nitrile disposable gloves, a scouring pad,toilet paper, facial tissues, three bars of hand soap, one bottle of anti-bacterial sanitiser.

All surfaces are disinfected between every collection. Photo / Michael Craig
All surfaces are disinfected between every collection. Photo / Michael Craig