Food bank warns of fake collectors
Reports of fake food bank collectors have prompted volunteers to warn the public in time for Sunday’s food bank drive.
The Tokoroa Community Food Bank Trust was only told of these ‘‘opportunists’’ in the past two years.
Secretary Vivien Horne said this Sunday more than 30 volunteers will hit the streets.
Residents should look out for the sign in the car window and safety vests.
‘‘The past couple of years we’ve had problems with opportunists.’’
She said the culprits pretend to be with the drive and take donations from residents.
Horne had not seen these people but wanted to let the public know what they should look out for.
Trustee Nick Plaistowe said people should not have to pretend to be volunteers.
‘‘We are here, if they are desperate for food then come.
‘‘You can come here without too many questions asked, just your name and your family circumstances,’’ Plaistowe said.
He said people can collect two food packages per year.
If further help is needed then people will have to work with the Budget Advisory.
Despite a few that may have deceived the public, Plaistowe said it was a generous community.
Since January the food bank has helped out almost 600 times and that is thanks to the annual drive.
Plaistowe said the food bank is open on Roslin St from 10am to 12pm, Monday to Friday.
Donations can also be taken to the Tokoroa fire station on Bridge St.
Watch out: Food bank secretary Vivien Horne, left, and volunteers Tania Oneroa and Anne Radford are warning people to look out for the official food bank signs after people have posed as collectors in previous years.