30 June 2011
The Upper Hutt Food Bank will be one of the many community food banks which will benefit from the generosity of the NZ Defence Force’s nation-wide drive to collect canned food during July.
The campaign, called Mission Kiwi Can, will involve personnel from the Navy, Army and Air Force, as well as Navy Reserve and Territorial Force units, collecting canned food stuffs for food banks. Mission Kiwi Can starts on 4 July and will conclude on 15 July, when the collected cans will be handed over to the food banks around the country.
Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, said, “This is the third year we have run Mission Kiwi Can. In the past two years we have donated a total of over 15,340 cans to food banks around the country. This year we are aiming to donate 10,000 cans nationwide which will require a joint effort by all personnel.”
“Our involvement with charities is an important part of Defence, especially where we are able to support charitable organisations in the communities where we are based.”
In Upper Hutt Defence personnel based at Joint Forces New Zealand, Messines Defence Centre, Trentham Regional Support Battalion and the National Service Centre will all contribute to the campaign.
Upper Hutt Food Bank co-ordinator Kelvin Strong said, ”This donation from the 2011 appeal by the Upper Hutt Defence personnel is greatly appreciated and follows on from similar support over previous years. The request for food parcels continues to be heavy with many new families within our community requiring assistance. We are particularly concerned about providing nutritional food for families with younger children as we move into the colder weather.”
For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 021 569 130