Tauranga company Edvance wants local businesses to take part in its food drive by putting a donation box in their staffrooms.

The workplace education company aimed to get as many local businesses supporting its food drive as it could, and urged companies to collect donations of non-perishable food items and personal care products for the Tauranga Community Foodbank Christmas Appeal.

Edvance instructional designer Hayley McIsaac said because of the nature of their business, Edvance had an array of connections across the city that they would make use of for the drive.

She would be approaching businesses in coming days asking to put a donation box in their offices.


Ms McIsaac said she would collect the boxes on November 30.

"It makes it all less stressful for the businesses. The easier we make it for the businesses and the more done on their behalf, the more donations we should get," she said.

"I would really love other businesses to jump on board."

Edvance aimed to get 30 businesses to take part.

"We haven't considered how many boxes we might fill, but even 30 boxes will be great. If that collection of 30 boxes can go out to 30 families, brilliant - that's 30 families we've been able to impact."

This was the first year Edvance had done a collection for the foodbank. Ms McIsaac said staff talked about what they would like to do for the community and, at this time of year, the foodbank was thought to be the best choice.

"This is the time of year they get hit the hardest. It was a no-brainer."