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13 November 2016
The pantry at one of Wellington's foodbanks is looking well-stocked thanks to the generosity of the city's football fans. Wellington City Mission teamed up with the local branch of the Official Liverpool Supporters Club and the Yellow Fever to collect donations at the first game of the Wellington Phoenix's 10th season.

The crowd was asked to bring along something from the mission's top 10 most needed items, which resulted in eight large boxes of food and toiletries being collected, much to the delight of fundraising manager Robbie Ross.

"This sort of stuff is like gold to us, it's really helpful."

Those items included breakfast cereal, milk powder, biscuits and deodorant.

"The things that we really needed have come through, so that's great," Ross said.

While he said the organisation was happy to receive any type of donation, it was especially important that the foodbank remained stocked with essential items that families and individuals needed year-round.

"It's about giving people some nutritional stuff as well."

In addition to the large amount of food collected, the football fans put about $2000 into collection buckets.

Communications coordinator Kelly Henderson credited the success of the campaign to the clear guidelines that were set out on what to donate.

"It is really beneficial to be able to get items that we're running low on or things that aren't donated as often.

"That really helps the foodbank to be stocked up across the board and have everything that we need to give out to people."

Henderson was one of those at the game collecting both goods and money and said it was heartening having the support of not only of the public but also the Yellow Fever and LFC Wellington.

"They're really passionate about helping the community, they love Wellington and they love getting behind helping Wellingtonians and making it a great place for everyone."

Both groups have worked with the Wellington City Mission in the past and Henderson was confident the partnership would continue.

In addition to the local support, the visiting Melbourne City team also raised around $270 for the charitable trust.

"They don't have to support a Wellington charity, but they got behind it as well which was really cool," Henderson said.

The Phoenix appeal is just one of a handful of events the mission runs throughout the year with the next collection set for December, just in time for Christmas.

However Henderson said it was important that donations were collected and received year-round not only for the benefit of the Wellington City Mission's clients, but also for the 30 other social service agencies the trust shares donated goods with, including Women's Refuge and Barnardos.

 - Stuff