Volunteers collected a “mountain” of food

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Southland Food Bank chairman Peter Swain (left) and Christmas food drive organising committee member Wayne Ellis sort food collected from the annual drive. Photo: Hayden Williams

THE annual Christmas food drive was held last Thursday.

The food drive team collected donations left beside mailboxes throughout the Invercargill and Otatara areas.

Southland Food Bank chairman Peter Swain said volunteers collected a “mountain” of food.

“It was excellent this year. The generosity of people in the Invercargill area is amazing, and with the help we had from volunteers and the vehicles they provided it went really well.”

Mr Swain said the food drive, now in its third year, had become a huge success and this year’s drive would keep the food bank supplied for about seven months.

Christmas food drive organising committee member Wayne Ellis said about 140 people volunteered, including representatives from the New Zealand Fire Service, Creation Signs, Westpac, Invercargill Police and MoreFM Southland.

“This year there was more support from volunteers and a greater turnout of people giving food. It’s gaining momentum – I think because there was greater awareness.”

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