Time to put the cans out

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Toot for Tucker returns on Monday.

The annual foodbank collection drive was now in its ninth year, co-ordinator Mary Williamson said.

The collection of the non-perishable items would start at 6pm on Monday from the Salvation Army Hall.

Volunteers and cars would be labelled “Toot for Tucker” so people knew they were legitimate, she said.

“We have had a person collecting up items [in the past].”

All items collected would be divided between Timaru’s three foodbanks, run by the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Support and St Vincent de Paul.

Mrs Williamson said people should leave any items to be collected by their letterboxes, but not in them.

If anyone wanted to volunteer on the night, they could turn up to the Salvation Army Hall at 206 Wai-Iti Rd, she said.

Any perishable items would be given directly to the Salvation Army to distribute, because they could not go into the foodbanks, Mrs Williamson said.

She thanked all the people who were giving items or volunteering, especially the St John Ambulance cadets who were distributing fliers advertising the collection.

She also reminded residents that, despite some confusion over the date, Toot for Tucker was on Monday evening.

Toot for Tucker will be held on Monday from 6pm. Volunteers will collect cans and other non-perishable food items.