Food bank warns of fake col­lec­tors

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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