Car club helps plug foodbank shortfall

By Mike Dinsdale

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Ngaire Bradley, Phil Schultz and Vanessa Bradley (at back), Olivia Bradley, 8, and Ashley Bradley, 4, with some of the cans of food donated to the Whangarei Salvation Army's foodbank following a fundraiser by the Classic and Sports Car Club Northland. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Ngaire Bradley, Phil Schultz and Vanessa Bradley (at back), Olivia Bradley, 8, and Ashley Bradley, 4, with some of the cans of food donated to the Whangarei Salvation Army's foodbank following a fundraiser by the Classic and Sports Car Club Northland. Photo / Michael Cunningham

The Salvation Army's Whangarei foodbank has been given a fillip by a Northland car club.

Members of the Classic and Sports Car Club Northland last week dropped off dozens of cans of food to the Salvation Army in Aubrey St after its recent tin can run.

But despite the extra food, the foodbank is coming up to its busiest time of the year and is keen for more donated items to be dropped off so it can give out food parcels to the needy.

Classic and Sports Car Club Northland president Phil Schultz said the club recently did a tin can rally, where members brought along tins of food to be donated to the Salvation Army.

Mr Schultz said the foodbank was a worthy cause and he hoped others would get behind the charity.

Foodbank manager Gay Matoe said the support from the club was amazing and the dozens of tins they brought in would help replenish the bank's food cupboard.

Ms Matoe said the demand for their services was increasing and more food was always needed to meet the demand.

She said the Salvation Army had recently started going out into the community to speak to people about their need for the foodbank's services and delivering food to them.

"We found some people were not coming to the foodbank ... even though they needed the services. So we thought we'd go out to them to find out what their needs are. We're going door-to-door in some areas to reach people who need our services, to find out what their problems are and how we can get them the help they need."

Ms Matoe said the service was starting to gear up for its busiest time of the year, Christmas, when more desperate families need food parcels. As well, the Salvation Army puts on a Christmas lunch for about 200 people.

"We are always needing more produce for the foodbank and we welcome any donations."

People can drop food off to the Salvation Army in Aubrey St, Whangarei.

- Northern Advocate

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