Sirens will be the signal for Upper Clutha residents to open up their pantries this week as the annual food bank drive begins.
Residents were encouraged to come out when they heard police, fire or ambulance sirens, or leave items at the gate, volunteer co-ordinator Nikki Heath said.
A wish list of items this year included breakfast cereals, tinned fish or spaghetti, singleserve meals, pasta sauces, crackers, biscuits and muesli bars.
Meat, cheese, milk and butter could also be provided, as a freezer was available, and toiletries would also be accepted.
A secure money box was available for cash donations.
Wrapped presents were welcome, with identifying information for example ‘‘boy under 10’’, Miss Heath said.
Alcohol could not be accepted.
Hawea’s food bank drive will take place on Sunday, Luggate’s on Tuesday and Wanaka’s on Wednesday.
Last year about 70 Christmas hampers were distributed, Miss Heath said. Food collected would support the Wanaka Food Bank for the following year. Christmas hampers would be made up for families referred by social agencies.
FOOD BANK DRIVE
★ Hawea: Sunday, December 16 from 3pm
★ Luggate: Tuesday, December 18 from 5.30pm
★ Mt Barker: Wednesday, December 19 from 4pm
★ Wanaka: Wednesday, December 19 from 5.30pm