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Hot on the heels of a collection among council staff which produced a truck filled to the brim with thousands of grocery items, the council is now taking its food drive public.
Starting today, and running until December 10, charitable members of the public can give non-perishable food items at many of the council’s leisure facilities.
Dedicated collection boxes for donated non-perishable grocery items were being installed in all of the city’s public libraries and at Moana Pool.
Council community development and events manager Joy Lanini said the support recognised the extraordinary demand for food bank services, and the difficulties emergency services have faced running their annual appeal in the usual way this year.
The traditional Christmas can appeal had been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
All food donated would be delivered to a collection depot being set up at the former Smiths City site in South Dunedin, and distributed on to the city’s food banks.