Town digs deep for food­bank

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By FLORENCE KERR

Fire sirens were blar­ing Sun­day af­ter­noon call­ing for the Toko­roa com­mu­nity to do­nate gro­cery items to the Toko­roa Food­bank and the town did not dis­ap­point.

The Toko­roa Vol­un­teer Fire Ser­vice, food­bank and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers came to­gether again for the an­nual drive which stocks the bank up with a year’s worth of sup­plies.

Food­bank vol­un­teer Robyn Wyeth said the town al­ways gave gen­er­ously dur­ing the drive. ‘‘I am al­ways hum­bled by the do­na­tions we re­ceive from our com­mu­nity. These do­na­tions tie us over for an­other year.’’

Mrs Wyeth said the shelves were run­ning low and the an­nual drive pre­pared the bank for its busiest time of the year, the hol­i­day pe­riod.

A to­tal of 700 parcels are given to fam­i­lies each year.

Toko­roa Food­bank Trust chair­man Far­quhar Flavall praised the Toko­roa fire ser­vice, St John Am­bu­lance and the peo­ple of Toko­roa for their ‘‘re­lent­less sup­port’’.

Those who did not man­age to clean out their cupboards can still do­nate to the food­bank by drop­ping off do­na­tions of non per­ish­able food to St Mark’s Church on Bridge St or the Toko­roa Food­bank on Tor­phin Cres.

CHAIN GANG: Toko­roa food­bank vol­un­teers sort through gro­ceries dur­ing the an­nual food­bank drive.

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