The sound of police sirens yesterday evening heralded the annual Christmas food bank collection in New Plymouth and Inglewood.
Co-ordinator of the Inglewood collection Jean Pierce said the evening had been a success.
"Inglewood was generous, as always.
"A lot of people were chasing the collectors down the road to give them food."
She said the food had not yet been tallied up, but it was a good haul.
"You should have seen all the food, it was just amazing.
"Everyone worked together really well, it was a great night."
A group of nine volunteers from Rainbow New Plymouth had collected 16 boxes after about an hour.
- Taranaki Daily News
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