16 Apr 2020

Two break-ins at Salvation Army food bank

11:03 am on 16 April 2020

The Salvation Army's Napier food bank has been broken into twice in two days.

The Salvation Army's State of Our Communities report was launched at Parliament this morning.

The Salvation Army's State of Our Communities report was launched at Parliament this morning. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The burglaries, both overnight, were the result of doors being kicked in, Captain Brenton Millar said.

"It's especially disappointing when we're in the process of helping people at this difficult time. The food that was taken would have helped quite a number of Napier families and individuals," he said.

Security had been beefed up at the food bank, and police were investigating the incidents.

The Salvation Army Napier Corps has assisted around 130 people with food over the last five days and Captain Millar said demand was increasing each day.