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By LAURA WALTERS
Massey University halls of residence are trying to
make the best of bad situations by fining rule-
breaking students in the form of cans, rather than
Massey changed its usual fines for student misbe-
haviour to collect cans of food for The Salvation Army
Koli Sewabu, assistant community manager at
Massey's accommodation services, said the collection
of food over the past month was not deliberately
planned to coincide with the city's annual food drive
on Saturday, but he had heard the food banks were
short of food.
We're putting ourselves out there in the com-
Massey has collected more than seven cartons of
The period of the novel fines is a time of year
students let loose, Mr Sewabu said.
They always push the boundaries.''
Students who broke rules, such as alcohol bans,
had to bring in canned food to the same value of their
usual monetary fine.
Mr Sewabu said the campaign was quite well
received by the students.
For the students, it's knowing that they were buy-
ing food to help other people.''
Massey also ran the campaign last year, and they
plan to make it even bigger in 2012.
The swapping of food for fines at Massey might be
held several times next year, rather than just at the
end of the second semester, he said.
But nothing was set in stone.
Students in the halls of residence were also bring-
ing in old clothes for The Salvation Army, and help-
ing with community work around Palmerston North.
It's what we can do for the community,'' Mr
Next year students living in the halls will be
encouraged to put more effort into charity initiatives
by hosting events and taking part in campaigns.
City food banks need
your help to stock up
Give a local a feed: Piles of food collected during last year's food drive wait for the 100 volunteers to sort and stack it into boxes. Levi Jorgenson
loads a trolley -- he left a birthday party early to help with the sorting.
Photo: WARWICK SMITH
Non-perishable food is preferred: coffee,
sugar, tea, flour, pasta; tinned
vegetables, fruit, fish and soup; baby
food, biscuits, cereal, drink sachets,
dried soup. Also nappies, cleaning
products, toiletries, pet food.
If it looks like rain, make sure you double
bag -- put the food into a plastic bag and
put that into the collection bag you will
have received in your letterbox. Make
sure you tie the bags well.
This particularly applies to donations with
paper packaging such as flour and sugar.
The winner of our competition to find a
phrase to capture what people need to do
on Saturday -- vote and donate -- is Kathy
Simpson. with ''Fill up the bag, fill in the
form''. She wins The Book by Suzie
Johnson, a Suzie Johnson painting, a
Yummy Mummy's cheesecake and a
voucher from Ink. Special mention to
Crystal Hill who suggested ''Give a local a
feed and vote for those in need''.
By JUDITH LACY
Food banks are
windows of oppor-
people's lives, Sal-
Kevin Richards says.
Saturday's annual food drive for the
Sallies and Methodist Social Services' food
banks is a chance for the community to
continue to help struggling families to feed
themselves and their families.
Mr Richards believes more than 90 per
cent of The Salvation Army's food bank
clients legitimately cannot afford food. For
some clients that could be because they had
made bad decisions and/or are addicted to
gambling, drugs or alcohol.
Then there are beneficiaries trying to
manage their money as well as they can,
but the increase in basic living costs has
outstripped benefit increases, Mr Richards
Government policies are also making it
harder to stay on a benefit and transferring
people from one benefit to another has
given beneficiaries less money each week.
There are plenty of legitimate people
who are trying really hard to make ends
meet on benefits who find themselves
needing the support of a food bank because
it is so difficult to make ends meet on a
Helping solve underlying problems of
people in need of food is the role of The
Salvation Army's needs assessor. While
some clients do not help themselves, the
church believes in trying to encourage them
to take part in programmes.
The answer is to not say it is their prob-
lem, solve it yourself'', but to do everything
possible to help them become self-sufficient
and stop the intergenerational welfare-
dependent life cycle, Mr Richards said.
If agencies like the army do not try to
break the cycle there will be more depen-
Donations on Saturday will be shared
equally between the Salvation Army and
Methodist Social Services' food banks.
Last year 1058 banana boxes with an
average of 50 items per box were filled.
Mr Richards thanked the Rotary and
Lions clubs for organising the drive,
volunteers who collect and sort on the day,
and mayor Jono Naylor for using his
mayoral fund to pay for the promotional
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