Volunteers vital to food bank drive

Community effort . . . Target Accounting owner Justin Stent and his staff have been volunteering at the Mosgiel Community Food Bank to help the charity fill more than 300 empty boxes with donated goods from its upcoming annual food drive. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Volunteers have been going the extra mile to make the upcoming Mosgiel Community Food Bank Drive a success.

Food bank co-ordinator Michelle Kerr said many volunteers were involved in the annual drive being held in Mosgiel between 6pm and 9pm on Monday, December 2.

Target Accounting staff volunteered at the food bank, she said.

“For nearly three years, they have supplied a volunteer for us once a week to come down and do bagging and tidying up.”

Target Accounting owner Justin Stent said the volunteer work was a way for the staff to be part of the community.

The volunteer work “keeps you real” and provides a greater understanding of what is happening in the community.

Mrs Kerr said demand for food bank parcels was on par with last year.

Expensive housing rental costs were a key factor in people seeking help, she said.

“We’ve got some people couch surfing, some families living together and some even living wherever they can like in garages.”

This year, the drive collection would have backup vehicles arriving a little after collectors have been to avoid missed collections.

If anyone missed the collection they could give items to the food bank at 2 Wickliffe St between 10 and 11.45am the next day.