Food rolls in for the Can Do Xmas
The Can-Do Collection for CHB Food Bank for 2018 was slightly better this year; despite a subtle change of the ‘pre-feed’ prior to collection day, according to event coordinator Max Lyver, rural agent for PGG Wrightson Real Estate.
There were almost seven full bins of food delivered, with items continuing to be dropped off at public libraries, CHB District Council offices and the local PGG Wrightson store.
“There was still a huge amount of food donated for needy families,” he said. “But I think we could have done better.”
Last year’s collection yielded the best result ever, with six huge bins of food items being delivered to the Food Bank the day after the collection.
Also in frozen storage awaiting distribution is a huge range of chicken products donated by Tegel Foods.
Local service group collectors included Epic Ministries Youth, Ruahine Cadets, Waipukurau Rotary, Crowe Horwath, St John Cadets, Progressive O¯ tane, the Porangahau village and Ma¯ ori Women’s Welfare League, Federation of Women’s Institute and one private individual — Ethna Renna who has supported the collection from the start.
The collection was supported by the local Fire and Ambulance, which ensured that the 2018 collection was another outstanding success.
The team from PGG Wrightson was kept busy driving collectors around the streets and keeping them fed and refreshed afterwards, while the team from the Food Bank and other volunteers sorted through the huge volume of food.
“Local real estate sales manager Tom O’Sullivan put in a sterling effort driving collectors around, after being taken off the barbecue tongs by Doug Harvey and Evan Hugget, who did a great job feeding all the collectors at the after-match function.
“Also helping with the organisation were Michelle Burne and Stuart Ewen who do a lot of work behind the scenes,” says Max.
“People donated generously again this year, leaving bags for collection by their letterboxes filled with a huge variety of tinned goods as well as cereals, pasta, biscuits, sweets and even special treats for Christmas. Cash donations were also received as collectors walked the streets of the various CHB towns.”
With fire sirens screaming and emergency lights flashing, the 111 service vehicles jogged people’s memories with many people hanging donations on their letter boxes, or running out with bags full of goodies.
“While we tried to acknowledge the world-wide move away from single use plastic bags, we do think this impacted on the potential volume of food collected. We saw small stacks of tins on the footpaths, and some small boxes and even paper bags, but the absence of the traditional PGG Wrightson shopping bag with the ‘pre-feed’ flier may have restricted the amount of food collected,” he said.
“In any event, we were delighted with the result and it still brings great joy to see the young people of CHB happy to get out on the streets and help with this worthwhile project.
“It’s great for the PGG Wrightson team to be involved in this valuable community event bring benefit to the people of CHB.”