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The collection was held last week in city suburbs.
Co-ordinator and senior firefighter Aimee Taylor said "the food banks ended up with a substantial amount more than they got last year".
Between 800 and 900 boxes of food was given to Presbyterian Support Otago, St Vincent de Paul’s and the Salvation Army.
"It was such a huge success."
Ms Taylor had hoped the collection would be well-received as there was more demand on the food banks this year.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people had their work hours reduced or lost their jobs altogether.
"It’s something that the foodbanks really needed until their next drive."
Most of the foodbanks only had one or two major appeals each year.
If anybody missed the collection, they can drop off their items to the foodbanks or into the baskets outside The Warehouse and Centre City New World.