Cans for clobber deal
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.