by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Since its operation in New Zealand, Salvation Army has been fighting to help the people with life’s challenging issues.
These issues include poverty, social and spiritual distress in the country.
Through its programs, the organisation has continued supporting locals, families and individuals that are in need of budgeting advice, food, clothing assistance, life skills and support services programs.
While continuing its lifesaving programs, the organisation has monitored that hunger level has increased thus seeing an increase in the demand for more food parcel requests.
According to the organisation, every week another 300 families are struggling to put food on the table, and turning up to Salvation Army for help.
Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Southland are few of the regions that have also seen an increase for food parcel requests by 30 per cent.
Factors identified to have contributed to families having food shortages or other difficulties in providing food for their families include affordable housing, mounting debts and bills.