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Spark Arena transformed into foodbank during pandemic

New Zealand’s largest indoor stadium has been transformed into a foodbank to help during the coronavirus crisis.

Spark Arena in Auckland is being used to store and hand out food parcels to people struggling to get food during the pandemic.

Auckland Council has had 3,000 requests for help since announcing last week that it would be providing emergency food parcels on behalf of the Government.

Anyone who is unable to go to the supermarket, or is suffering financial hardship as a result of the lockdown, is eligible for the food parcels, which are being couriered to people’s homes.

It is expected about 5,000 parcels a week will be sent out once demand stabilises.

Mayor Phil Goff said the transformed Spark Arena was evidence of the unprecedented situation the country was in. He said:

We’re all in this crisis together and we certainly don’t want to see parents that can’t afford to put food on the table for their kids.

In particular we are trying to reach out to those who have suffered job losses because of the lockdown, to tide them over until their applications for income support are processed by state agencies. We are also assisting groups such as the elderly and the disabled, who are unable to access supermarkets.

This is a practical expression of our commitment to help each other as we work through the crisis that our country faces. We are all in this together.

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