Grocer dishes out the 'warm fuzzies'

"It's a time of giving."

HANNAH FLEMING
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2012
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ANDY JACKSON
Countdown New Plymouth Store Manager Bernard O'Sullivan and Salvation Army community ministry Manager Chris Wild.

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There will be plenty of produce to go around this Christmas if Countdown's Food Rescue Appeal has anything to do with it.

The supermarket chain kick-started its appeal last week, with each store in Taranaki donating $500 of groceries to The Salvation Army.

New Plymouth Central store manager Bernard O'Sullivan was happy to be in a position to help.

"It's a time of giving, and people don't mind doing that at this time of year. It's all about the warm fuzzies."

People can also step in to help those in need during the festive season by dropping food in the marked trolleys at stores.

Taranaki Salvation Army community ministries manager Chris Wild said more than 13,000 packages would be delivered throughout New Zealand during the appeal.

About 200 $80 to $160 Christmas hampers and food parcels would be distributed to struggling families in Taranaki.

Mr Wild said the initiative did wonders for relieving the pressure put on families during the Christmas period, which was an ongoing problem in the current economic climate.

"We even get luxury items that come in sometimes, which we try to distribute out to families. When they're struggling to make ends meet it's just nice to be able to do that."

Salvation Army territorial secretary Pam Waugh said last year's donations were incredible, and hoped for the same this year.

TOP 10 FOOD ITEMS

1. Pasta

2. Rice

3. Cereal

4. Spaghetti and baked beans

5. Canned fruit and vegetables

6. Canned fish and meat

7. Sugar

8. Flour

9. Muesli bars

10. Tea, coffee, Milo

Source: The Salvation Army

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