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Whanganui UCOL Food Bank Challenge

Whanganui UCOL Food Bank Challenge

Whanganui UCOL has stepped up to the Food Bank Challenge with staff and students contributing canned donations.

Staff collected several boxes of food for the City Mission after reading about the call for help and the challenge made by the Wanganui Chronicle last week.

Business Studies Academic Administrator Petrina Clark organised the Food Bank Challenge within Whanganui UCOL, asking staff to bring food to help replenish stocks at the City Mission Food Bank. “The UCOL Food Bank Challenge ran from June 3-6. We are really proud of how well staff responded,” says Petrina.

The John W. Scott Learning Hub also took up the challenge by having a library fine amnesty called ‘Can that Fine’ for students with outstanding library fines. Campus Librarian Coral Hanna says: “There has been a big-hearted response from our students with some bringing in more cans than they needed to.”

The collection was such a success that Petrina says there are plans for UCOL to repeat it more regularly; “Our community is important to us, and we want to give back as much as we can. I would like to have another UCOL Food Bank Challenge annually, and another drive around Christmas time.”

“It has been an amazing experience watching the boxes of food get bigger and bigger”, says Petrina.


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