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Clarence community digs deep to donate to Vinnies food drive

A food drive run by Clarence Council Children’s Services has collected thousands of dollars’ worth of groceries for the 2023 Vinnies Winter Appeal.

Hundreds of families from around Clarence made donations, which will provide quick relief to those who are struggling to cover the costs of day-to-day living.

Items donated included basic canned goods such as soup, fruit and beans, toiletries, and items like muesli bars and biscuits suitable for school lunch boxes or for those sleeping rough.

“We have more people in the community who are struggling than ever before, with some having to choose between whether to pay the rent or pay their bills or buy food,” St Vincent De Paul Youth and Community Services manager for Southern Tasmania, Simon Terhell said.

“These generous food donations will help to stock our emergency food pantries.

“We provide vouchers for fresh produce but donations like this really boost what is on offer for families and the homeless.”

Local businesses including Glebe Hill Village Shopping Centre, Langhali Café, Bellerive Newsagency and Post Office, Maus Haus Toyshop and Baby2Kids all donated vouchers.

“Times are tough for a lot of people right now and it is exceptionally heart-warming to see that so many families have reached into their pockets to help those less fortunate,” Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said.

“So many young children have been involved in this food drive, which is wonderful, as it is never too early to start learning about a sense of giving and how it feels to truly be part of a kind and caring community.”

If you would like to organise a food drive, please contact Vinnies Tasmania.

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