If you hear sirens ringing throughout Bayfair, Matua and the Lakes this evening, don’t be alarmed – it’s all for a good cause.
Western Bay of Plenty Fire, Police and St John centres and Emergency Management Bay of Plenty are supporting the Salvation Army, Papamoa Food Services and local foodbanks by hosting an emergency services drive from 6-8pm.
Staff and volunteers will move through a number of communities across the Western Bay to collect food donations. This year, the Tauranga drive will cover streets around Bayfair, Matua and the Lakes.
Members of public are being encouraged to support the initiative by bringing their food donations out for the collectors to take and distribute to the organisations helping those in need.
At this time of the year, foodbanks come under increasing pressure and accept all non-perishable food donations including powdered or long-life milk, tinned fish and meats, instant rice, fruit juice, muesli bars and other non-perishable items to help make up food parcels.
If you won’t be home between 6-8pm and would still like to donate, drop boxes will be set up throughout the community.
Drop boxes will be set up in the Katikati, Papamoa and Te Puke and Maketu community police stations, Tauranga, Greerton and Mount Maunganui fire stations and the Omokoroa community centre.
For further enquiries on the emergency services foodbank drive, email Kurt Waugh on: firstname.lastname@example.org