Donations up on last year
Five more banana boxes of donated food than last year pleased Palmerston North food drive organisers at the weekend.
The Salvation Army’s captain Stewart Lee praised city folk for their generosity on Saturday, along with sponsors Broadway Radiology, the Lions Club of Middle Districts, and the volunteers who collected and collated the donated nonperishable goods.
‘‘The food drive box count was 881. Special thanks to the community of Palmerston North,’’ Lee said.
The 2015 total was 876 banana boxes.
Kim Penney, general manager of Methodist Social Services (MSS); who share in the food drive proceeds, said watching the donations flow in on Saturday evening provided an amazing spectacle. ‘‘It was wonderful to see this community supporting itself - citizens supporting citizens. It’s great to see how people in Palmy look out for one another.’’
Penney said those who missed the collection were more than welcome to drop off contributions to MSS or to the Salvation Army at any time.
Saturday’s collection would have been boosted by 14 palletloads of grocery items that were delivered last week from Countdown Supermarkets following a broken sprinkler system in the Mihaere Dr warehouse caused by the Kaikoura earthquake.
Volunteers work hard sorting the food collected during the annual food drive to replenish Christmas and New Year foodbank supplies.