‘Amazing’ response to Southland Food Bank appeal

Eli Bartley(13) collects a food bag from Amelia Corlett (2) and Mat Corlett for the Harcourts Southland Food Bank Drive in Invercargill on Thursday night.

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Eli Bartley(13) collects a food bag from Amelia Corlett (2) and Mat Corlett for the Harcourts Southland Food Bank Drive in Invercargill on Thursday night.

The Southland Food Bank will be stocked up in time for Christmas thanks to Invercargill residents who came out in their droves to support the Harcourts Southland Food Bank Drive on Thursday night.

Harcourts Invercargill manager Wayne Ellis said fire brigade personnel, police and St John Ambulance staff joined with volunteers to travel around the streets picking up donations for the seventh year in a row.

“The generosity of people in the places we’ve been going to has been amazing,’’ Ellis said.

”We’ve had people out waiting for us on the streets. A lot of kids have come out to donate and people have been having barbecues and they’ve popped out with a couple of cans of food or some boxes, it’s been fantastic.’’

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Last year’s food bank drive brought in 10 tonnes of non-perishable food and this year would be on a par with that, he said.

”It’s not just food, there’s toilet rolls and a few other wee items that people have popped in there too. There’s lots of cornflakes, rice, spaghetti – you name it, it’s in there.’’

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