7 December 2023

A can-do Christmas: Carevan and Wagga Marketplace team up in appeal for tinned food

| Jarryd Rowley
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Carevan chairman David Brennan is encouraging Wagga shoppers to donate canned food to those less fortunate this holiday season. Photo: Jarryd Rowley.

Shoppers are being encouraged to donate food to those less fortunate this holiday period as the Cans for Carevan launches in the Wagga Wagga Marketplace.

The appeal began on 4 December and runs until Christmas Eve, allowing customers to donate canned food such as vegetables, tomatoes, fruit, beans, salmon and tuna.

Carevan chairman David Brennan said donating canned food during the Christmas period was a small way to help members of the community who were struggling financially.

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“Many members of our community are experiencing hardship during the festive season, whether it’s financial stress or having difficulty in budgeting for essential items to help support their families,” Mr Brennan said.

”Having a central location for collection of canned goods for our kitchens means people can help in their own time.

“I am delighted that the Wagga Wagga Marketplace has partnered with us, and I urge the community to support this initiative however they can.”

Mr Brennan said the partnership with the Wagga Wagga Marketplace was a fantastic opportunity for both organisations to support the community.

“The Cans for Carevan was a really simple yet effective idea and one that the Marketplace has really taken to,” he said.

“The team here [at the Marketplace] have shown a lot of initiative to get this food campaign running and if it goes well, which we all hope it does, we will look at it becoming a regular campaign.”

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Mr Brennan said only non-perishable food items would be accepted to help those in need.

“The food won’t be donated until after Christmas, so it is important that when the food is donated it isn’t expired,” he said.

”Having the food in cans also means that nothing that is donated is damaged, leaking or inedible.”

The donation boxes can be found opposite the Michael Hill jewellery store.

Outside of the Cans for Carevan drive, Carevan supplies more than 500 free meals each week. Donations are also accepted year-round at its Wagga kitchen at 159 Fernleigh Road, Glenfield.

To learn more about Carevan, its mission and its charity work, click here.

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