Wattie’s Cans for Good – the national “can collection, creation, education and donation” campaign run by The Salvation Army in partnership with Wattie’s for New Zealand schools – is back.

The event will run in the week of 30 October and will give kindergartens to high schools nationwide the opportunity to help make a difference by collecting cans for The Salvation Army foodbanks in the high-demand period leading up to Christmas.

All cans will be given to The Salvation Army for use in local foodbanks, enabling kindergartens and schools to make a direct and real difference to those in need in their local communities. This year national facilities management company OCS joins the appeal as the official can collection partner for Cans for Good.

It is the second year of the campaign which combines collecting for charity with a creative competition and teaching resources  designed to engage children and teachers, in a fun, team-based giving and learning experience. This year Wattie’s Cans for Good has introduced a budgeting resource and activity for high school students that provide insight into the realities faced by many Kiwi families living on a budget.

Last year’s inaugural event saw more than 200 primary schools from around the country collect over 67,000 cans, while Heinz Wattie’s generously donated additional cans, taking the number to more than 92,000 cans.

Kindergartens and schools wanting to take part in Wattie’s Cans for Good can register at www.watties.co.nz/cansforgood.

“Wattie’s Cans for Good had an amazing response last year. We were able to stock up many local foodbanks, helping vulnerable families and individuals who needed food assistance in the lead-up to Christmas,” says Pam Waugh, The Salvation Army’s Head of Social Services.

“The feedback from primary schools last year was really positive so we’ve opened the event up to kindergartens, intermediate and high schools. It’s great to be able to offer an initiative at a community level that combines charitable donations with a creative and fun set of activities,” says Tina Wong, Communications Manager for Heinz Wattie’s.

Last year The Salvation Army provided more than 58,000 food parcels to help Kiwis in need get back on their feet.

www.watties.co.nz/cansforgood

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