How test pots can feed a fam­ily

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REX­INE HAWES

Can one paint test pot change the lives of strug­gling New Zealand fam­i­lies?

How about 297 test pots? Which is the amount of test pots traded at Mata­mata Re­sene for cans of food as part of the Re­sene Hunger for Colour fundraiser.

The fundraiser in­vited peo­ple to head to one of 66 Re­sene ColorShops around the coun­try dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and swap cans of food for a 60-80ml test pot of Re­sene paint.

The cans col­lected in Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville, Cam­bridge and Te Awa­mutu were do­nated to the Cam­bridge Sal­va­tion Army food bank, where they will be dis­persed to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity as needed.

Added to the col­lec­tion in Mata­mata, 557 were col­lected in Cam­bridge, 639 in Te Awa­mutu and 197 in Mor­rinsville.

Cam­bridge Corps Sal­va­tion Army Of­fi­cer cap­tain Shaun Baker said the col­lec­tion would cer­tainly help re­plen­ish the Cam­bridge food bank fol­low­ing high de­mand through De­cem­ber.

He said this time of year is an ex­tra busy time for the Sal­va­tion Army as many fam­i­lies strug­gle with the com­bined ef­fects of Christ­mas, hol­i­days and back to school costs.

‘‘It’s a bril­liant cam­paign. Fe­bru­ary is great, be­cause af­ter Christ­mas, the cans come in and we are close to be­ing full again.

‘‘We are hugely ap­pre­cia­tive to Re­sene for be­ing in­volved and to the lo­cal peo­ple sup­port­ing us too.’’

Mata­mata Re­sene store man­ager Amanda Lemont said while the col­lec­tion was slow at first, it was an ad­ver­tise­ment on Neighourly, a free Fair­fax Me­dia so­cial me­dia plat­form, that in­spired the com­mu­nity be­come in­volved.

The cans of food came in thick and fast, with many peo­ple do­nat­ing food with­out tak­ing a test pot.

‘‘We think it’s awe­some, the com­mu­nity was re­ally on board with it.’’

This is the third year the cam­paign has been run­ning and Baker said this year the do­na­tions were up in each of the four Wai- to kato stores.

Last year 500,000 cans of food were col­lected across the coun­try. Fig­ures for the 2017 col­lec­tion had not been col­lated as the Chron­i­cle went to print.

Cpt Shaun Baker and Amanda Lemont with the 297 cans the com­mu­nity do­nated for Re­sene’s Hunger for Colour.

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