How to donate what foodbanks actually need this winter

We're well and truly in the depths of the cold months now, a time where many of us taking pleasure in snuggling up at home with a hot meal.

But many around the country aren't so lucky, and with winter upon us many foodbanks around the country are expecting to feel the pinch.

If you want to donate but aren't sure exactly what you need, enter the Foodbank Project - the country's only online foodbank.

The online donation platform began in 2015, and follows a similar process to online food shopping. You can choose what to donate, what region to donate it to and track its journey.

The foodbank project
The $20 Foodbank Project winter appeal bundle. Photo credit: Supplied.

It's like online shopping - but you don't have to feel any guilt about it.

This year they've teamed up with Countdown for the Food Rescue Winter Appeal, where you can select a winter bundle to donate as well. Available at $20 or $40, the bundles and made up of a selection of fresh food such as mince, potatoes and cheese, versatile food such as spaghetti and necessary hygiene items. 

The $40 bundle.
The $40 bundle. Photo credit: Supplied.

Those wanting to help out can also leave items at any Countdown store in the food rescue bins or donate money at the checkout.

Infographics provided reveal what's needed most around the country and some results are surprising.

How to donate what foodbanks actually need this winter
Photo credit: Supplied.
How to donate what foodbanks actually need this winter
Photo credit: Supplied.

In Manukau, pasta sauce and lasagne sheets are required, while Marmite is in demand in Hutt City. For those chilly nights down in Dunedin, warming foods that can be headed like pasta sauce, canned vegetables and tinned soup are needed.

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