Food banks benefit from Defence 'can'paign

Cans being loaded onto an Army Unimog for delivery to Wellington City Mission

Father Des Britten hands cans to Private Karl Jager while Corporal Anna Calvert loads cans onto the Army Unimog for delivery to Wellington City Mission. (WN 10-0217-005)

15 October 2010

Food banks from Auckland to Dunedin have benefited this week from the generosity of New Zealand Defence Force personnel in a campaign called Mission Kiwi Can.

The campaign, which ran for the last two weeks, saw personnel from the Navy, Army and Air Force, as well as Navy Reserve, Territorial Force units and Defence Force civilians throughout the country, collecting canned food for local food banks. 

Vice Chief of Defence Force, Rear Admiral Jack Steer said: “Our people have donated over 8,200 cans to food banks around the country. It is great to see Defence Force personnel showing such generosity to those in the wider New Zealand community in need of assistance."

Even Navy personnel on the HMNZS ENDEAVOUR, with a crew of 50 people, collected donations which were converted into 268 cans and given to the food bank of their home port, New Plymouth.

In Wellington 2,394 cans were donated to the Wellington City Mission. Wellington City Missioner Father Des Britten said, “This is an awesome contribution which will go along way towards stocking up our depot as we head towards Christmas, a time when we always get increased demand.”

“We are very grateful for the support the Defence Force has shown us.”


For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 021 569 130.

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