By DAVID HILL
North Canterbury’s food banks are looking forward to receiving a boost from Tuesday’s Toot for Tucker.
Organiser Bev Wright says the volunteers are ready to go and now they need food to collect when Toot for Tucker hits the streets of Oxford, Rangiora, Woodend, Kaiapoi and Amberley between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday.
Food banks that have been busy supporting families struggling in the wake of Covid-19 are hoping for a boost to help them get through the Christmas period.
“What we really need is food for the food banks, not just for Christmas but for the months that come after it.
“Times can get tough when people go back to work after Christmas and the kids go back to school, and especially for those who have found themselves out of work.”
When finances are tight, food is usually the first thing people cut back on, Bev says.
“We are catering for the whole community and there’s always times when people find it a bit tough.
“Budgets are pretty tough for many families. You have to keep your car on the road and keep it insured, so you can find work, so it means the only real flexibility in the budget for most people is food or Christmas presents.”
Bev says all food collected on the night will stay in North Canterbury.
Toot for Tucker collections in Oxford and Cust will go to the Oxford Community Trust’s food bank, while food collected in Rangiora and Woodend will go to the Rangiora Salvation Army.
Donations in Kaiapoi will go to Kaiapoi Community Support’s food pantry and food collected in Amberley will stay in Amberley, which has been added to Toot for Tucker for the first time.
While no Toot for Tucker bags have been provided this year, Bev says food will be collected in any bag.
If anyone misses getting food collected, they can drop it into Bev Wright at Property Brokers Rangiora, or to their local food bank.Adidas shoesNike Air Jordan Retro 1 Red Black White – Buy Air Jordan 1 Retro (white / black / varsity red), Price: $60.85 – Air Jordan Shoes