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Last modified: 22 Sep 2020 7:45am

A sign for the Malvern Food Drive with details of when and where the drive is taking placeThe Selwyn Youth Council has teamed up with the Malvern Hub (Two Rivers Community Trust) to help take the bite out of hunger in our community.

The groups have organised a food drive to help replenish low stock at the Darfield Foodbank, and will be collecting donations on Friday 2 October, 11am–1pm, at Darfield Library.

Darfield Foodbank spokesperson Rose Craven says there has been a large increase in demand at the foodbank this year as people have lost jobs or had their hours cut from the impacts of Covid-19. The foodbank is now running around $600 per week short of items, she says.

“While we have a good stock of canned food, we are desperately short of things like school lunch food, dry baking goods, frozen meat and veges and toiletries. If you are wondering what to donate have a think about what you and your family would need in a week.”

The Youth Council has been involved in a series of volunteering efforts in recent weeks and was looking for a way to support the foodbank during the school holidays, Youth Councillor Issy Kennedy says.

"I believe as a youth councillor, helping in any way in our communities that we can is really important, especially when some of us are going through such a hard time because of Covid-19. It can make such a difference in someone's life even when it may seem very small to us."