All are hoping for a much-needed boost from the annual Toot for Tucker appeal as they brace for another big Christmas rush.
The annual drive will be held on Tuesday, December 5, from 6pm and 7pm across the Waimakariri and Hurunui districts.
Organiser Bev Wright says volunteers are ready to go, with area organisers busy getting their teams ready to take to the streets for the annual appeal, which has become an important date on the calendar for food banks.
Wright stresses all food collected will stay local.
"The food banks are telling me they are seeing an increase in those who are contacting them, often seeking a food parcel for the first time."
Last Thursday, the army, fire brigade, police and ambulance staff were out in force in Rolleston to collect donations for the Toot for Tucker drive.
More than 100 volunteer drivers and runners roamed the streets collecting food donations from residents. The Rolleston food drive collected more than 135 boxes, amounting to about $10,000 in food.
Wright says people often feel embarrassed to receive a food parcel, as they thought food banks were just there for those struggling financially, never thinking they too might need a helping hand one day.
With the increasing price of food and with many families struggling to meet their weekly needs, such as mortgages, rents, electricity, insurance and petrol, which have all increased, the first thing that goes when things get tough is food.
It is the one item that they feel they have some control over, Wright says.
"We don’t wish to hoard it - we want people who need a hand to come forward and contact their local food bank, let them know you need some support."
Organisers have extended the programme into Waipara this year, thanks to a very active Food Pantry which reaches Amberley, Leithfield and up into North Canterbury.
Wright thanked the local Lions clubs, Fire and Emergency, community groups and regular collectors for helping.
"We ask people to use their own bags or boxes. If their bags or boxes are missed, please contact us and we will arrange for them to be collected."