Tooters hope to inspire cupboard donations

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Organisers of Toot for Tucker are hoping to have 44 cars out on Timaru’s streets as part of the annual food bank appeal on Monday evening.

Participants toot their car horns announcing their arrival in streets and residents can either hand over canned goods and other food items or leave them outside their homes for collection.

“There’s quite a bit involved in organising it and we’ve had flyers printed to deliver around Timaru,” Suburban Lions committee member Mary Williamson said.

Last year 25 boxes of donated goods were handed to the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Family Works foodbanks.

The goods were then distributed before Christmas.

Mrs Williamson said the collection would not extend to Washdyke this year.

Once all the items were collected they would be taken to the Salvation Army and divided up and given to the foodbanks the same night.

“If people are missed they can drop their food off at the three foodbanks,” Mrs Williamson said.

Toot for Tucker will start from the Salvation Army citadel on the corner of Otipua and Wai-iti roads at 6pm on Monday and will continue to 8.30pm.