Can-do attitude in bid to fill foodbanks

George Williams (7) gives cans to volunteer Magic Chirnside (15), while St Kilda firefighters Phil De Rooy (top left) and Jock Mackay look on.

Yesterday, hundreds of volunteers, including emergency services staff and collectors, scoured Dunedin for can donations to fill the city’s foodbanks.

At least one emergency services vehicle was present at each of the 31 areas targeted, including ambulances, fire trucks, police cars and civil defence vehicles.

Co-ordinator Aimee Taylor could not say how many cans were collected yesterday, but it would likely be enough to fill local foodbanks for summer.

"Although there is definitely a very high demand at this time of year."

Local businesses and organisations also helped by supplying vehicles, volunteers and giveaways.

The Taieri run on Sunday was what filled the Mosgiel foodbank for the year, she said.

"People are being really generous. It’s a nice, humbling start to the season and a reminder to be kind to one another."

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