Sirens will sound for foodbank’s big appeal
Tokoroa will be alive with the sound of sirens and generous people this Sunday for the Tokoroa Foodbank’s annual drive appeal.
Tokoroa Fire Station trucks and an ambulance will accompany foodbank volunteer’s as they drive around the streets of Tokoroa picking up donated food items from locals, from midday.
Tokoroa Foodbank secretary Viv Horne said volunteer vehicles will be displaying official signs so people are not tricked into donating food to randoms and the emergency service vehicles will also be sounding their sirens to alert people they are in their area throughout the drive.
Horne said there was always a good response from locals during the annual drive appeal.
‘‘There are normally six or seven fire appliances, an ambulance, and 11 vehicles which have two or three runners each and they will cover the entire Tokoroa area throughout the afternoon,’’ she said.
‘‘We are after all kinds of food but people can also give money donations and it has been excellent in previous years. We have a great community and we are really thankful.’’
Volunteer Tania Oneroa said the number of people coming to the foodbank in need of food parcels was always increasing.
‘‘We are up 150 people compared to this time last year so we have had a big increase and there is obviously more need out there,’’ she said.
‘‘We are just very lucky that we have been able to feed these people but it wouldn’t be possible without community support.’’
Coordinator Ruth Ramea put the increase down to more families moving to town and the high price of food.
‘‘We are even getting workers coming in here now because even though they are working they still can’t afford it, ‘‘she said.
‘‘Some people just need a little bit of assistance every now and again and that is what we are here for,’’ Horne said.
‘‘We are here to try and make life a little bit more easy.’’
She encouraged everyone to give what they could during the appeal drive.
‘‘If people do miss it or they are going away they can still drop food at the Tokoroa Foodbank in Roslin St which will be open on the day or at the Fire Station in Bridge St where there will be people all afternoon until around 4pm,’’ she said.