Countdown and The Salvation Army are calling for school lunch donations, as part of NZ’s first online food bank, the Foodbank Project.
Kiwi families can purchase the lunchbox bundles online, including essentials like bread, fruit and muesli bars, and The Foodbank Project will do the rest. The donated items will be delivered to the Salvation Army by Countdown, who is taking part in the project on a not-for-profit basis.
“We know that balancing the family budget at this time of year is always difficult following Christmas spending and when kids are heading back to school, which is why we’re committed to supporting the Foodbank Project,” said Dave Chambers, managing director, Countdown.
Since its launch in December 2015, the project has collected and donated around $40,000 worth of products.
“Hungry tummies mean distracted school children who can’t focus on learning,” said The Salvation Army’s head of social services, Major Pam Waugh. “People donating 'Back to School' bundles will help families to give their kids the same great start to the year those from well-off households enjoy.”