Covid credited for record food drive

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Team effort... a group of Gore High School student council members with the trolley full of donated food they collected on Friday to go to the Salvation Army. PHOTO: FIONA ELLIS

Gore High School’s student council had its most successful year yet at its annual food drive for the Salvation Army on Friday.

Council member Tarryn Hutchins said it was the third consecutive year it had held the food drive.

Rather than causing people to make fewer donations, the Covid-19 pandemic seemed to be making people be generous.

“It’s been really good,” Tarryn said.

“Due to Covid, we’ve got a better response.”

“I think everyone’s looking out for each other.”

Members of the school community donated non-perishable items, mostly canned food such as spaghetti and baked beans. Pupils were allowed to dress in mufti in return for making a donation.

“Some people gave a couple of cans.”

A heaped trolley full of food was collected to go in the Christmas food parcels distributed by the Salvation Army each holiday season.

The food drive reflected the school values of courtesy, effort and responsibility.

Council member Ryan Currie said pupils wanted to make a difference in the community.

“We have lots of options of what we can choose,” Ryan said.

The food drive was an effective way to help those who had a difficult year, he said.