November 28, 2016
Foodbank collection ‘best in years!’
The Christmas spirit arrived early this year for Foodbank, with the Combined Lions collection being a huge success.
‘The best in several years’ according to Foodbank’s, appeals organisers Margaret Griffith. They were able to pack more than 400 banana boxes full of food into their store, providing its major annual restock, vital for meeting the increased demand, especially over Christmas.
The food collection is a joint effort by the five Kapiti Lions clubs, coordinated by Jeremy Seamark of Waikanae Lions. He said Lions from the five clubs delivered thousands of marked plastic bags over the past week, and then collected them on Saturday morning.
“Lions on Otaki, along with Foodbank there had a similar, successful project on Saturday. We are really impressed with the community’s continued generosity,” he said.
He also attributed the success to a number of factors including the district-wide pre-collection distribution of the yellow appeal bags, with information on when the collection would take place and what type of supplies were best for the needy.
“Also, the classified advertising in the Kapiti Observer was invaluable and much appreciated, as was help community grant from the KCDC.
Foodbank’s Margaret Griffith was delighted with the volume of goods which she said will be greatly appreciated by those in need over the next few months. She was also grateful for the work done by Lions and for the team of volunteers from Youth Quest and Connect Church who undertook the sorting and packing.
“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,” she said.