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Tweens come together to top up foodbank

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Staff Reporter

09 July 2024, 9:30 PM

Tweens come together to top up foodbank Showing off some of donations to Ōamaru Foodbank are (from left) Summer Brosnan, Ōamaru Foodbank's Rosemary Bentley, Ruby Wickham, Hunter Winmill, Sharyn Kingan of the foodbank and Rio Pringle. Photo: Supplied

Ōamaru’s foodbank has been restocked with the help of hundreds of tweens.

Ōamaru Intermediate School (OIS) held a week-long collection drive, producing 685 items for the foodbank.

OIS deputy principal Belinda Hirst says the collecting aimed to teach pupils “about giving back to our community”.

"We don't always see the whole picture of what is happening in someone's life. Many people in the community are struggling to provide the necessities for their families."

In winter, especially, when more money is spent to keep warm and dry, Belinda says.

We were very humbled by the generosity of our community and whānau at OIS. They have certainly made a difference to many.”

Food was collected across a week, and was the fourth year the school has held the fundraiser.