How test pots can feed a family
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.