A few hours to make a difference
A couple of hours of your time is all the Marlborough Foodbank wants - to help collect food items for families in need during its annual street appeal next month.
The foodbank has distributed more than 1200 food parcels this year, which have provided struggling Marlborough families with temporary relief for basic grocery items they have been unable to afford, such as canned food, rice, toothpaste and soap.
Appeal co-ordinator Bruce Barker said the foodbank needed 12 groups of six to 10 volunteers to collect during its street appeal in residential areas around Blenheim as well as further afield in Picton, Renwick, Havelock and Spring Creek.
Each group needed one or two vehicles, either with a trailer or good load space.
However, organisers were more than happy to top up group numbers and organise vehicles if required, Mr Barker said.
The street appeal was a chance to restock the foodbank shelves for the next 12 months.
"Foodbank parcel requests tend to increase just before Christmas, so hopefully the appeal will take us through that period and the next 12 months," he said.
As in previous years, emergency service sirens will alert residents that volunteers are coming around to collect items, which can then be handed over at the gate.
Anyone who misses the street appeal can donate food or other essential items to the Marlborough Foodbank through New World and Countdown supermarkets.
The Marlborough Foodbank street appeal is being held on Monday, November 26, from 6pm to 8pm.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Bruce or Petrea Barker on 03 578 7478 or 027 2900 254.
- The Marlborough Express