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Hitting the streets . . . Members of the Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigade and St Patrick's Scouts hunt for Toot for Tucker donations last year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

An annual appeal to fill the shelves of the Oamaru foodbank will make plenty of noise on December 4.

Toot for Tucker, organised by the North Otago Lions Club, involves a fleet of vehicles sounding their horns as they drive around Oamaru and Weston from 6pm.

Participants include police, fire brigades, youth groups and Lions from the North Otago, Oamaru, Oamaru Pakeke, Waiareka Valley and Waianakarua clubs.

Rather than being alarmed by the horns and sirens, residents should use them as a reminder to take donations of food to the collectors travelling in the vehicles.

The fleet will be identified by blue and gold balloons and the “runners” collecting the food will wear official badges.

“We are asking people to donate non-perishable food items; if you will not be at home please leave the food items by your mailbox or gate by 6pm,” Lions representative Fay Birtles said.

“All items go to the foodbank, where they are greatly appreciated.”

The amount of food donated has been increasing each year, Mrs Birtles said.

“A big thank-you to those who donate and everyone who helps on the night.”

Kakanui residents who would like to contribute to the appeal can drop off their items at the Kakanui Store, and Weston people can leave theirs at the Weston Supermarket.