Sirens for Toko­roa Food­bank’s ap­peal

South Waikato News - - Take A Kid Fishing - LUKE KIRKEBY

You may not no­tice the hun­gry in Toko­roa but you will cer­tainly no­tice the sound of sirens aim­ing to help them out.

The Toko­roa Food­bank’s an­nual drive will once again be held on Novem­ber 26.

Toko­roa Fire Sta­tion trucks and an am­bu­lance will ac­com­pany food bank vol­un­teer’s as they drive around the streets of Toko­roa pick­ing up do­nated food items from lo­cals, from mid­day.

Trustee Wendy Ni­cholas en­cour­aged peo­ple to give as much as they could.

‘‘Tins are the very best thing but any­thing that has a long life we will be grate­ful to re­ceive,’’ she said.

‘‘Peo­ple give us pack­ets of flour, su­gar, Weet­bix, ce­re­als, rolled oats, bis­cuits. It can be any­thing that is well pack­aged as we can’t have any­thing that has been opened or half used.’’

Ni­cholas said vol­un­teer ve­hi­cles will be dis­play­ing of­fi­cial signs so peo­ple are not tricked into do­nat­ing food to ran­dom peo­ple and the emer­gency ser­vice ve­hi­cles will also be sound­ing their sirens to alert peo­ple they are in their area through­out the drive.

‘‘When we drive around a lot of peo­ple have plas­tic bags which they leave on a post if they are not go­ing to be there or they might just leave three cans by their let­ter­box. It’s great as we can see them and pick them up but what we have found is that of­ten they are stolen be­fore we get there,’’ she said.

‘‘If peo­ple can’t be there the best thing to do is ei­ther do­nate di­rectly to the fire sta­tion on the day be­tween 11.30am and 4pm or at the food bank in Tor­phin Cres­cent Mon­day to Fri­day from 10am un­til 12pm.’’

She said the food bank will also take fruit and veg­eta­bles which could be do­nated at the food bank through­out the week.

‘‘Any­one that has ex­cess veg­eta­bles or fruit in their gar­den we would greatly re­ceive them at the food bank,’’ she said.

Ni­cholas said they were also look­ing for more vol­un­teers to help out at the food bank.

‘‘A few weeks ago we were ab­so­lutely fine but we now badly need more vol­un­teers so if any­one is in­ter­ested call 027 243 2164.’’

She said she was look­ing for­ward to the day.

‘‘It al­ways goes very well as it is a very sup­port­ive com­mu­nity and if it is a fine day that will be a bit of luck on our side be­cause no one wants to hang around,’’ she said.

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