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Community Can Drive co-ordinator Nick Orbell said this year had been another very difficult year for many. There had been little growth in job opportunities and very low growth in income for most people.
"The foodbanks are reporting that working people are increasingly in need of assistance.
"After another very busy and demanding year, made harder for many in the city by the difficult employment environment and pending job losses, the foodbanks, and the people they assist, are under real pressure and are very dependent on the generosity of Dunedin people to ensure everyone can experience a little extra at Christmas."
The appeal covered outlying towns as far as Waitati, Port Chalmers, Ravensbourne and Portobello.
Goods given will be shared equally between the city’s four main foodbanks — the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Support, Anglican Family Care and St Vincent de Paul.
If you missed the collection, donations can be placed in marked collection baskets at Dunedin’s Warehouse stores.