Pātaka Kai – Community Pantry 2021

We have an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Sunnybrae Normal School on a new initiative which will be launched early next year as a Community of Learning (CoL) project.

This project actually started two years ago when Mr Phil Cowley and a group of Year 9 students physically made three outdoor pantries as part of a “Days of Wonder” end of year programme.  Mrs Vivianne McDermott and a group of 9AMD students have picked this project up again this year and have consulted with Michelle Cleaver, our Across School Leader, to survey the other CoL schools to see who might be interested in having a community pantry outside their school. Viv Morley, from Sunnybrae Normal School has expressed a keen interest to have a pantry out the front of her school.

Our first step in making this project a reality is to prepare the pantry ready for use e.g. murals, signage and to approach possible community organisations that may be willing to support this project. On December 7 and 8we have a committee of students that will be starting this process.

We are hoping to deliver the pantry by the beginning of Term 1 to Sunnybrae Normal and then, shortly after this, to have a public launch of the Pātaka Kai.

For more information on what this Pātaka Kai movement is please click HERE.

We are wanting to gain any support possible. Some examples of how you can help us are:

  • Make paper bag lunches (for students who do not have lunch)
  • Fruit and vegetable donations from your garden
  • Can food and dried food donations
  • Personal hygiene product donations
  • Baby product donations
  • Local businesses with left over stock (bakeries, cafés, supermarkets)
  • Businesses that can donate vouchers to use at supermarkets to help restock the pantry

If you are able to support us with this venture in anyway please contact Vivianne McDermott:  vmcdermott@westlakegirls.school.nz

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