Emmaline Sibbald, Darfield Library Community Learning librarian with cans of food they have collected

Selwyn’s library food collection

by Ann van Engelen

The annual Cantastic Christmas Tree Food donation collection is taking place at libraries in the Selwyn District allowing members of the public to leave canned food items for local food banks.

“Libraries are an important community hub for everyone across Selwyn, and this is another opportunity for us to play our part in supporting those who need a hand, especially at Christmas,” said Selwyn Libraries manager, Arts, Culture and Lifelong Learning, Nicki Moen.

“This is a long-standing donation effort that the libraries have been involved in. People have been very generous in the years it has been running — which we are really grateful for.”

Cans of food donated at the Darfield Library will go to the Two Rivers Community Trust Foodbank. Items at the other Selwyn Libraries will go to the Ellesmere Community Foodbank.

“The foodbank here in Darfield/Malvern comes under the Two Rivers Community Trust, and we distribute to the surrounding areas,” says coordinator Rose Craven.

“A team of six volunteers have run the operation since September when it transferred over from the Malvern Hub. Food parcels are available all year and are generally given within three or four days of contact by someone in need. We are very grateful to the people who give as we rely on donations and any money received is used for specific needs.

“Christmas is a stressful time for people in need, and it is nice to give treats that you wouldn’t normally get.

“We have also had support from schools doing mufti days and donating a can.

“That has really helped as our shelves were empty. It is nice to be able to help families in need have a brighter Christmas.”

Cans of food can be donated at any library until December 15, or non-perishable food items can be left daily at Trinity Church.