Toot For Tucker once again received an “astronomical” response from the North Otago community.
The North Otago Lions Club held the annual food drive on Monday night, to collect non-perishable food items to fill the shelves at the Oamaru Combined Churches Foodbank.
Emergency services, community groups and volunteers travelled the streets of Oamaru and Weston to collect the items, and Kakanui residents left donations at the Kakanui Store to be collected.
North Otago Scouts Group member Reider Brew helped collect items, and loved seeing his community helping those in need.
“It’s seeing how kind they are – there’s lots of stuff,” Reider said.
Foodbank chairwoman Rosemary Bentley said the response to the annual drive was “absolutely overwhelming”.
“It’s great – it’s astronomical, the variety [of items] is unbelievable,” Mrs Bentley said.
The organisation was incredibly grateful to have the community’s support.
“The community is so generous it’s unbelievable. They always get behind everything that goes on in the community – we are so fortunate.”
All items collected would keep the foodbank stocked up, whereas without the Toot For Tucker drive it would struggle.
There could be an increased need this year, due to the fallout from Covid-19.
“Nevertheless, because of the community support we are in a strong position … this community is exceedingly generous,” foodbank manager Bernard Wilkinson said.