Sirens for Tokoroa Foodbank’s appeal
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.