Foodbank drive well supported

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Te Anau senior scouts (from left) Alice Newcombe, Chloe Houghton, Scout leader Lyn Wicks, Lynette Child, May McBride and Lisa Scott with donations from the recent foodbank drive. Photo: Supplied

TE ANAU Scouts’ recent foodbank drive had a great response from the community.

The drive involved seven vehicles and 14 scouts, who collected the donations from people’s gates in the Te Anau township, as well as those left at Fresh Choice and Four Square supermarkets.

Usually held in April but delayed due to the lockdown, this year the group combined with Te Anau Venturers and had the best response in the three years the drive had been running, Scout leader Lyn Wicks said.

Vicki Shayler, of Fiordland Community House, said there was always a steady demand before Covid-19 with families on reduced hours through winter.

Now there was a huge demand from families and migrants.

“The Te Anau community are very supportive and caring and have always supported whether by donation of funds or food. During lockdown there was fantastic support with dropping off of food, depositing of funds. The Wapiti Foundation donated venison mince from our local farmers which went nationwide.

“The Fiordland Community House has recently been donated a large freezer to cope with the donations and the demand. Emergency Management Southland (EMS) supplied us with food as well through lockdown.”

The organisation was grateful for the support received as families would have struggled during this stressful time, she said.

Fiordland Community House has been operating Te Anau Foodbank since 2017 and was previously operated by Lakeside Church Presbyterian Minister Craig and his wife, Nadine Allan.

  • Anyone wanting foodbank assistance could phone 03 249 7754 or email fiordlandemply@xtra.co.nz
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