Pre­pare for city food drive

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

PHOTO: DAVID UNWIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Kimora War­ren-Pew, 15 was one of the vol­un­teers who helped sort the food col­lected dur­ing last year’s an­nual food drive.

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