Thu. Dec 2nd, 2021

Another Taranaki Christmas foodbank drive has been called off because of Covid-19.

The Oakura Foodbank’s drive, which is usually run with the help of local Fire and Emergency New Zealand crews, will not go ahead in its usual form this year.

The news comes just weeks after New Plymouth and Waitara foodbanks made the same call, and came up with new ways to collect food that avoided the usual door to door appeal.

* Foodbank drive organisers get creative to combat Covid-19 conditions
* Taranaki foodbank provides personalised parcels of recipes and everything needed to make them
* Volunteers help to fill Waitara Foodbank shelves

Coordinator Suzanne Smithers said she was now planning a drive-through drop-off on December 4, as New Plymouth was doing, so people don’t have to get out of their cars.

Smithers said it was a “no brainer” to come up with another way to collect food, for one of their biggest collection days of the year.

“If people are going to lose their jobs, who are they going to come to?”

Hazel Robinson, of the Hāwera Foodbank, said theirs would run as usual this year.

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