Dunedin showed its heart in the Octagon yesterday. The
Presbyterian Support Otago annual Octacan food appeal
received a record 12,670 donated food items this year, up
from 7229 last year.
''This is the most we've got in the six years that I've been
involved,'' marketing and communications co-ordinator Su
''It was freezing in the morning, but that hasn't stopped
people from coming down. People are just so generous,'' she
''We go through about 9000 items a month in winter, so that
will last at least a month and a-half.
''We get quite a few ordinary families using the foodbanks in
winter. By the time people have paid their mortgage, power
and petrol for the car, there isn't enough left to put food
on the table.
''We get quite a few people who have used the foodbanks in
the past donating items, which is really nice. Schools,
preschools and businesses have also been very generous this
The most popular items were staples such as baked beans,
spaghetti, vegetables and fruit.
''We ask people for good, basic, hearty winter food, that can
be used to stretch meals out. We also ask for pet food,
because kids love their pets,'' Mrs Anderson said.
Accident Compensation Corporation staff donated 162 cans from
a onesie day in the office.
''We wanted to help put the message out, so we decided to do
the onsie thing at work,'' staff member Matthew Curtis said.