Town digs deep for foodbank
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.