Needy fam­i­lies can bank on char­ity

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Strug­gling fam­i­lies in Mata­mata will have food on the ta­ble and presents un­der the tree this Christ­mas with the help of the Mata­mata Food and Cloth­ing Bank.

Co- or­di­na­tor Raewyn, who prefers not to give her last name, said about 30 fam­i­lies are to re­ceive boxes of gro­ceries and gift bags full of books and toys.

Mata­mata Count­down has contributed $500 of gro­ceries as part of a na­tion­wide ini­tia­tive to feed Ki­wis in need at Christ­mas.

Kevin Buck­ley and his fa­ther Keith have also do­nated hun­dreds of dol­lars worth of gro­ceries to the cause.

Kevin’s late mother Marie was trea­surer of the food bank for 12 years and the fam­ily makes a con­tri­bu­tion each year in her me­mory.

Raewyn said with a lot of com­pa­nies down­siz­ing, she was ex­pect­ing a busier than usual Jan­uary.

‘‘We need as much help as we can get,’’ she said.

Do­na­tions of non­per­ish­able food goods, meat, veg­eta­bles, or any other gro­cery items can be left at the Ci­ti­zens Ad­vice Bureau at Rail­side by the Green.

There are also bins at both Count­down and New World where peo­ple can make a con­tri­bu­tion.

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