Collecting three large car-loads of non-perishable food and household items for De Paul House (provider of emergency housing) is how Lissa Mitchell (on the left in the picture) of Rothesay Bay has spent some of her lockdown.

After initially finding the isolation a bit of a struggle, she realised it was a good chance to revaluate her lifestyle and remember not everyone is lucky to have the bubble she has. 

So she organised the Foodbank collection, which was a great success not least because several passers-by at the drop off points - Outram Hall (Murrays Bay) and Torbay 4 Square - discovered the initiative and raided their own pantries or went shopping for a boot-load of groceries.

Lissa also did weekly shopping for elderly through MP Erica Stanford’s office/Community Kindness Face Book page, while wrangling her husband, two daughters, elderly father and her job with MP Mark Mitchell. Somehow, Lissa also manages to do her bit as a North Harbour Community Patrol volunteer.

Based on positive feedback, another Foodbank collection will be held later this year. Lissa would like to thanks Josie Adriaansen from Outram Hall for allowing the carpark to be used as a collection point.