Cans for clob­ber deal

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Heav­ier than usual de­mand on the Methodist So­cial Ser­vices food­bank has re­sulted in a novel pro­mo­tion.

This Fri­day and Satur­day, Methodist Good­will’s three stores – High­bury, Walde­grave St and Ter­race End – will be of­fer­ing se­cond-hand cloth­ing in ex­change for non-per­ish­able food items.

‘‘It’s some­thing we’ve never tried be­fore,’’ says Good­will man­ager Lyal Bren­ton. ‘‘At this time of year, we usu­ally have a sur­plus of good se­cond-hand cloth­ing. There’s also been a greater de­mand on our food­bank af­ter Christ­mas than in pre­vi­ous years. We’re just try­ing to bal­ance things out.’’

The idea is, in­stead of money, bring in pack­ets and cans, and do a deal over the two days. Lyal says its no­tice­able that back-to-school is putting more pres­sure on lo­cal house­holds with uni­forms, books and fees tak­ing their toll.

‘‘The big Novem­ber food drive usu­ally starts to run out by March, April, so we’re hop­ing this will raise the pro­file of the food­bank, and our stores.’’

The three stores are open 9am to 5pm on Fri­day and 10am to 2pm on Satur­day.

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