Foodbank appeal succes


Thousands of cans passed through the hands of volunteers as they sorted donations made during the emergency services foodbank can appeal last week.
More than 730 boxes of cans and non-perishable food items were collected during the appeal, held last Thursday.
Co-ordinator Richie Marlow said he was pleased to find the number of items, which were given to foodbanks at the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Support Otago and St Vincent de Paul, had increased from last year.
The public had been “really, really supportive” and about 130 more boxes of food were collected than last year, Mr Marlow said.
As well as an increase in donations, there was also an increase in volunteers.
“We had a really good, strong volunteer presence.”
About 60 volunteers, including members of the public and representatives from the foodbanks, worked at the sorting depot and close to 200 volunteers hit the street with the emergency services crew collecting the items.
“It was really well supported.”
A group of volunteers, including Kavanagh College pupils, helped sort items for the St Vincent de Paul foodbank on Friday morning.
St Vincent pastoral co-ordinator Sarah Strang said the involvement of the year 8 Kavanagh pupils had been a year-long project, with the pupils collecting food donations and doing other sorting tasks throughout the year.
The collaboration between St Vincent de Paul and Kavanagh had been “absolutely wonderful” and she hoped the partnership would continue next year, she said.
Mr Marlow gave a “huge thank-you” to everyone involved with the event.
“A lot of the commercial businesses that gave their time, vehicles [and] staff.”
There are collection boxes at The Warehouse in town and South Dunedin for those who still want to give. They will be collected a few days before Christmas.