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Amy McGillivray

Amy is the lifestyles reporter for the Bay of Plenty Times.

'Amazing' boost for foodbank


The Tauranga Community Foodbank is stocked up and ready to reopen today with $67,008 of goods and cash donated through the Bay of Plenty Times Christmas Appeal.

The final total saw 21,529 items and $34,714.80 in cash donated to the foodbank in the lead-up to Christmas.

Chairman Mike Baker said the result was "absolutely amazing".

"On behalf of the trustees and myself as chairman and those who used the foodbank, a huge thank-you to the whole Tauranga community and of course the Bay of Plenty Times who were instrumental in selecting us for the appeal."

The most recent donation was more than $3700 which was collected at the Little Big Markets night market.

The appeal had given the foodbank a boost as staff and volunteers prepared for a busy year, Mr Baker said.

"It's really given us a huge advantage going into 2013 which I suspect will be a challenging year," he said.

The foodbank dished out about 60 food parcels on Christmas Eve the highest number in seven or eight years.

Mr Baker said the process for getting a food parcel was strict so the high demand suggested a tough year ahead.

The appeal donations had also given the foodbank the extra cash needed to provide milk powder for families starting from next week, he said. It will be the first time the organisation has been able to provide milk powder since it opened in 1991.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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