NBS CEO Tony Cadigan, foodbank operations manager Megan Familton and Nelson Community Foodbank Trust chairwoman Brenda McQuillan. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Stepping up to help region’s foodbanks


The Trafalgar Park Pavilion has been transformed into a foodbank with mountains of products to help feed our most vulnerable.

Local banking institution NBS, has made substantial donations to foodbanks through the Tasman and West Coast regions – to the tune of $30,000.

NBS CEO Tony Cadigan says the NBS team prides itself on giving back to the community and takes a local approach when distributing sponsorship and making donations.

“The impact on our communities due to Covid-19 has been significant. We heard about the big increase in demand facing organisations currently distributing food and know it is likely the number of people seeking food parcels will only increase.”

Tony says they have been in a privileged position as an essential business during Alert Levels 3 and 4.

“Our branches wanted to give back to our community now.”

The largest contribution to foodbanks made by NBS was to the Nelson Community Foodbank Trust, which supports families in Nelson and Richmond.

Trustee Megan Familton says the NBS contribution would assist to meet increased demand.

“Cash is really what we need at the moment, as it helps us tailor food parcels for the families receiving them.”

She says this is a very timely donation.

Tony says NBS plans to continue its long-standing support of the not-for-profit sector, which will be even more important this year as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.