MORE than 200 schools and kindergartens throughout the country, including 10 from Southland, took part in the Wattie’s Cans for Good national can collection recently, helping struggling families with food support.
The campaign, run by the Salvation Army in partnership with Wattie’s, was aimed at helping restock foodbank shelves in the lead up to Christmas.
Salvation Army Invercargill community ministries co-ordinator Brenda King said foodbank items were in heavy demand and this collection would take it into the new year.
“Community help us to help the community and involving children in this campaign is very important.
“It teaches them to have generous spirit,” she said.
Lindisfarne Kindergarten head teacher Jocelyn Hinton said 30 children from the kindergarten donated 68 cans.
“There are people who don’t have food in their cupboards and we want to teach children to take the responsibility of looking after each other,” she said.
Salvation Army head of social services Pam Waugh said foodbanks throughout the country were stretched to meet the demand from people needing food parcels.
“Christmas is an extremely difficult time for many families, so food donation… will make a real difference to New Zealanders when they need it most.”
Cans collected would be given to The Salvation Army for use in local foodbanks, enabling kindergartens and schools to make a difference to those in need in their local community, Ms Waugh said.