Hunger for Colour drive paints the town ‘fed’

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - PAUL MITCHELL

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.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/FAIRFAX NZ

The Sal­va­tion Army’s Ste­wart Lee and Michelle Lee flank lo­cal Re­sene Colour Shop man­ager Jenna Kin­sey.

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