Toot For Tucker tops up foodbanks’ shelves

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by Alexia Johnston

Timaru’s foodbank shelves have been replenished, complete with chocolate biscuits, pavlovas and potatoes, thanks to the generosity of the town’s residents.
The items were just some of the many products collected by volunteers, who drove around Timaru streets on Monday night collecting for the annual Toot for Tucker appeal.
All donated items have been distributed to foodbanks run by the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Presbyterian Support.
Dean and Mary Williamson co-ordinated this year’s initiative, which was hosted by the Timaru Suburban Lions Club and supported by a range of individuals and service groups and clubs.
Among them was Lois Kirkwood, who was collecting on behalf of Altrusa Timaru. She has supported the cause for the past six years.
“It’s just doing something for the community and our club is all about service to the community, so that’s what we do it for.”
Fellow Altrusa Timaru member Heather MacDonald has also assisted with the collection over the past four to five years, for various organisations.
“I just enjoy being out and about with the other people,” she said.
“It can be fun.”
Mrs Williamson said items collected this week helped fill 109 banana boxes.
“We’re very, very happy with the generosity of the community.”
Among the items donated were two 20kg sacks of potatoes.
“We’ve never had that before. And another item we came across was a whole carton of Tim Tams, so we were able to put a packet of Tim Tams in banana boxes.”
Tinned food, sugar, toilet rolls, toothbrushes, packets of soup, a box of small pavs and a pumpkin were also among the items donated.