Bay of Plenty TimesZoe Hunter: Why I am donating to the foodbank4 Dec, 2019 04:00 PM2 minutes to readA typical foodbank parcel. Photo / FileBay of Plenty TimesI avoid grocery shopping because my day-to-day life leaves me with so little time. So, I get one of Nadia Lim's My Food Bags delivered to my door every week. I only shop at the supermarket for breakfast items and the odd snack. It means I have minimal waste but it also means I have nothing left in my pantry to donate to people in need.You will be aware this newspaper is running a Christmas Foodbank Appeal and I find myself in the position of having nothing to give.Not unless I make that dreaded trip to the supermarket.But I'm willing to brave the crowded aisles to help those who might be struggling to put food on the table this Christmas.I know it will be all worth it in the end.A special trip to the supermarket just for a can or two of baked beans, or some canned tuna, might be a nuisance for me.AdvertisementAdvertise with NZME.But these food items could make all the difference for a family who has fallen on hard times.A total of 6334 food items and more than $35,000 have been donated to the Tauranga Foodbank since the Bay of Plenty Times Foodbank Appeal started last month.The tally in Rotorua showed almost $4000 worth of donations, including gifts and cans, had been given to the Salvation Army as a part of the Rotorua Daily Post appeal.My tally is zero.In the past, I have donated clothes to the Salvation Army, but am yet to donate food to the foodbank.This year will be different.I'm putting it on record that I will donate to the appeal and I encourage others to do so.It's important to spare a thought for people less fortunate. I hope my donation will make a difference, however small.AdvertisementAdvertise with NZME.