Boxes on boxes . . . Oamaru Combined Churches Foodbank secretary Jill Wilson and manager Bernard Wilkinson were blown away by the community's response to the Toot for Tucker drive on Monday. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

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.

The foodbank made 700 parcels last year for the community and it will begin making this year’s parcels for the community today.Sports NewsAir Jordan