Prepare for city food drive
The annual city food drive coordinated by Middle District Lions has been a feature of the Palmerston North Christmas countdown for 25 years.
The last Saturday in November sees police and fire crews, members of scouts, guides, service organisations, churches, and other volunteer groups come together so that local families in need can enjoy the festive season.
The city’s two foodbanks rely on this collection to meet demand over the holiday break and into the New Year when postchristmas expenses include backto-school.
The Salvation Army’s Stewart Lee said last year 28,000 bags were distributed to city households, but only 6000 were returned, and he’d like to see an increase on that this year.
Lee said that over the years, economic times have not improved for families on low incomes, and contributing to the food drive is a practical way to respond to their need.
‘‘We also need volunteers to collect and sort. Any one willing to help can contact the Salvation Army direct and we will take names and contacts and coordinate them on the day.’’
He said the drive for nonperishable food and other essential grocery items, has attracted a new sponsor in Broadway Radiology, and criss-crosses city streets from 4pm Saturday, November 25.
Kimora Warren-Pew, 15 was one of the volunteers who helped sort the food collected during last year’s annual food drive.