Public give generously
The Christmas spirit arrived early again this year for food bank, with the Combined Lions clubs of Kapiti and Otaki collection again being a great success.
Foodbank appeal co-ordinator Luke Woods said there was more food collected and there were as many volunteer helpers as were needed.
“This year was even more successful than in 2017 and 430 banana boxes full of food are now in storage.
“Food is still being dropped off at food bank and our other collection points.
“We estimate the value of what we received to be equal of last year’s $53,600.” This provides us with our major annual restock, vital for meeting the increased demand, especially over Christmas.”
The food bank collection is a joint effort by the Kapiti and Otaki Lions clubs, and was co-ordinated by Sue Leen of Kapakapanui Lions (food collected in Otaki is all utilised there).
She said Lions hand-delivered 20,000 marked and oxo biodegradable plastic bags over the previous week and collected them on Saturday, November 24.
Sue said Lions were again thrilled at the public’s generosity.
She attributed the success to a number of factors including the districtwide distribution of the Foodbank bags, with information on when the collection would take place and what type of supplies were best for the needy.
“And most of all we are grateful for the community-wide generosity, especially those in the retirement villages who were particularly generous, which is especially gratifying coming from people, most of whom are on fixed incomes.”