Can swap stocks food bank shelves

Wanganui Midweek - - WHAT’S ON -

Paint com­pany Re­sene and gen­er­ous New Zealan­ders are bright­en­ing the homes and lives of thou­sands this month.

The Re­sene Hunger for Colour fundraiser is back for its third year, help­ing strug­gling New Zealan­ders put food on the ta­ble and bring colour to Kiwi homes.

The ini­tia­tive, which runs through all of Fe­bru­ary, in­vites peo­ple to head to one of 65 Re­sene ColorShops around the coun­try and swap cans of food for 60-80ml test pots of Re­sene paint. The cans are then do­nated to their lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army food bank.

Over the last three years, Ki­wis swapped more than 110,000 cans of food for paint.

The cans were a ma­jor boost for Sal­va­tion Army food banks just at the right time, Sal­va­tion Army na­tional man­ager of wel­fare ser­vices, Ma­jor Pam Waugh says.

“This time of year is an ex­tra busy time for us as many fam­i­lies are strug­gling with the com­bined ef­fects of Christ­mas, hol­i­days and back to school costs. Our food parcels pro­vide real re­lief, al­low­ing some of the house­hold bud­get to be redi­rected to tar­get debt and one-off es­sen­tial costs, in­clud­ing back to school ex­penses.”

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