"Incredible" response . . . Gathering together some of the donated food items are Duntroon School pupils (back, from left) Storm Shanahan, Phoebe Hall, Henry Spite, James Horn, Elijah Natiri, Markus Natiri, (middle) Isabella Hall, (front, from left) Rosa Black and Lochie Horn. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Duntroon School’s Student Volunteer Army has responded to a need in the North Otago community.

On October 16, the school held a mufti day and pupils were asked to bring a non-perishable food item to give to the Oamaru Foodbank.

Each year, Duntroon School pupils are tasked with finding ways to give back to the community, principal Mike Turner said.

“In the past it has been things like volunteering their own time to tidy up around Duntroon or pest tracking and trapping in the Duntroon wetlands,” Mr Turner said.

“This year, the students felt that they could do a food drive to support people who use the foodbank. This is especially important this year for many families needing support after [lockdown].”

Pupils put up posters around the North Otago community encouraging donations, and the response had been “incredible”.

“After only a few weeks there has been a heap of food donated. The mufti day was a good reward for the students as well as a way to bring in even more food items.”Sport mediaAsics Onitsuka Tiger