Fitzroy School children have been squirrelling away canned foods for the needy.
More than 500 canned items were collected for the Can Do food bank drive to help the Salvation Army cope with increased demand for food parcels over the winter months.
Pupil Sasha Thomas, 11, brought in 11 cans of corn, spaghetti, and baked beans.
She said she was lucky to be able to eat "good food" and wanted the same for others.
Salvation Army community ministries co-ordinator Trudi Adlam was pleased with the number of cans collected.
"It's more than we were expecting. It's wonderful," she said.
Families have extra power bills to juggle over the winter months and money for food was tight.
"The basic items can be used in a lot of ways, like in pasta or rice dishes over winter."
Principal John Mansfield said the school accepted the invitation to be part of the drive because it was for a good cause.
"We allocated a couple of days to collect the tins and the children have responded accordingly."
The North Island-wide campaign was organised by the credit union NZCU Baywide. Chief executive officer Gavin Earle said winter was a "really tough time" for many people in the community.
"Our Can Do initiative aims to assist people in our community and . . . put food on the table for their families and hopefully lighten the financial burdens."
Can Do runs until the end of this month. Items can be dropped off at NZCU's New Plymouth branch, 154 Devon St East.
- Taranaki Daily News
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