Dinner gets a good turnout
More than 350 people turned out to celebrate Christmas with the South Auckland Christian Foodbank this year.
The food bank joined forces with the Manukau Baptist Church and the Papatoetoe Adolescent Christian Trust to host the Christmas dinner.
Many of the guests are regulars at the food bank's community dinners and budgeting services.
The Christmas meal was served by 45 volunteers from the food bank, budgeting agencies and churches.
"The helpers ranged in age from 6 to 81 years old - truly wonderful to see," food bank chief executive Ian Foster says.
Garlic bread, lamb, chicken and ham were on the menu along with salads and cheesecake, icecream and fruit salad topped off the meal.
All children were given gifts, thanks to a number of generous donations, he says.
He gave special thanks to the Salvation Army and Manukau Courier Christmas toy appeal and Victim Support whose donations of gifts were very well received.