62 days ago

Will you be donating food this weekend?

Virginia Fallon Reporter from Kāpiti Observer

Kāpiti Lions are on the prowl once more, this time collecting for local foodbanks.
On Saturday November 30, collectors will cover Paekākāriki, Raumati, Paraparaumu, Waikanae and Otaki. Food collected in Ōtaki will be used there.
The group have run the appeal for the past 22 years and last year $50,300 worth of goods was collected.
People are asked to leave food outside their gates from 9.30am,
Coordinator Lion Sue Leen said this year's collection this year will be different from previous appeals because plastic bags are no longer used.
"In the past we distributed yellow plastic bags, with information on them of the date and time of the collection plus a list of the kinds of stuff most needed. But plastic bags are no longer allowed and we are asking donors to utilise their own containers. We have distributing 16,000 yellow fliers into letter boxes throughout the region with the requisite information."
Pasta, tinned and packaged foods, breakfast cereals and products that can be stored, as well as fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy products and other perishable products for immediate distribution.
Toiletries and laundry items are very welcomes as are small Christmas gifts such as steam puddings.
The collection will go ahead regardless of weather and finish soon after midday.
Leen suggested goods be placed outside gates where they can be easily seen and, for security reasons, it's best not to put them out much before 9am.
Food may also be dropped off at the Kāpiti Community Foodbank, in Kāpiti Road Paraparaumu between 9 am and midday weekdays.

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