Hunger for Colour drive paints the town ‘fed’
A colourful food drive has proved most palatable.
The ‘‘Hunger for Colour’’ campaign has involved Resene Colour Shops around the country trading test-pots of paint for cans of food, and donating them to the local Salvation Army.
Palmerston North’s Resene store swapped 1044 cans during the campaign, the most at any single store in New Zealand.
Salvation Army captain Stewart Lee thanked the community and store staff for ‘‘getting in behind’’ and supporting the campaign.
‘‘I know that without the community’s support we wouldn’t be able to run the food bank.’’
Stewart presented Resene store manager Jenna Kinsey with a certificate of thanks when he collected the cans.
He planned a little something for the staff as well.
‘‘My wife and I will be putting together a morning tea to take in for the staff as a token of appreciation for their effort.’’
Stewart says the donated cans were a big boost to the Salvation Army’s supplies, and would be distributed to struggling families from the Church St food bank.
Resene first collected cans for the Salvation Army after the Can- terbury earthquakes. Resene’s Karen Warman says because staff and customers loved the idea, they revived it last year as the Hunger for Colour campaign.
Early in the year was often a struggle for many families with the combined costs of Christmas, holidays and back to school supplies. ‘‘We’re open three days a week, on any given day we can have up to 16 different families come in for help,’’ Stewart says.
The Salvation Army’s Stewart Lee and Michelle Lee flank local Resene Colour Shop manager Jenna Kinsey.