Christmas Hamper and Foodbank Drive

Pictured: Volunteers help to sort food at a previous foodbank drive.|Photo: Wanaka Sun Archives

This year the Christmas Hamper and Food Bank Drive will be held on:

Hawea • Sunday, December 16, from 3pm

Luggate • Tuesday, December 18, from 5.30pm

Mt Barker • Wednesday, December 19, from 4pm

Wanaka • Wednesday, December 19 from 5.30pm

Food donations can be given during the drive (keep an ear out for the sirens) or dropped off anytime to our office at 73 Brownston Street, or in the marked bin at New World Wanaka.

Food donations for the hampers need to be dropped off by December 19, thank you.

Donations go toward creating Christmas hampers full of food and presents for families that are struggling – much appreciated at this time of year.

We also appreciate cash donations as it allows us to buy the foods we need, such as meat and milk, throughout the year. Cash donations can be collected during the drive or dropped into Community Networks office at 73 Brownston Street – thank you for your support.

In an ideal world, everyone would have enough at Christmas. Enough food on the table, enough shelter to stay safe, enough resources to make it through each day without feeling it’s a struggle. But we don’t live in an ideal world, even here in Wanaka. An expensive cost of living and sense of isolation can mean tough times. Often the tough time will pass, and people may just need a bit of information or support to get through.

Last year, 70 Christmas Hampers were given to families that may have otherwise found it difficult to celebrate Christmas, and the food collected helped stock our foodbank for the entire year. To date this year, around 167 food parcels have been given out from the foodbank.

Thank you in advance to all of YOU who will donate your time, energy, food and donations to the Christmas Hamper and Foodbank Drive.

As Christmas approaches and 2018 comes to an end, we wish you all a fun-filled and relaxing holiday season.

We’re always looking for volunteers. If you would like to help on the drive please email Nikki on or if you would like to help with the Christmas Hampers please email

Your local foodbank needs: single serve meals/ pasta sauces; breakfast cereals; meats, frozen vegetables, butter, cheese (we have a big freezer!); canned fish and spaghetti; crackers, biscuits and muesli bars; soups; toiletries; Christmas foods for the Christmas hampers.

Ray White Wanaka is also gathering gifts for the hampers with its annual “Little Ray of Giving” project. Wrapped gifts (labelled with gender and age) can be delivered to the Helwick Street office before December 19 to be added to the hampers. This year, Community Networks have quite a few families with teenagers, so gifts for that age range would be appreciated.

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