Wattie’s Cans for Good

Wattie’s Cans for Good 2018

Collect. Educate. Create. Donate. 

Welcome to Wattie’s Cans for Good - an exciting national can ‘collection, education, creations and donation’ event being run in for two weeks from 13th August by The Salvation Army in partnership with Wattie’s for New Zealand schools. Find out how you can register your school below!

Wattie's Cans For Good: Collect, Educate, Create, Donate

Wattie’s Cans for Good:

Collect. Create. Educate. Donate

Welcome to Wattie’s Cans for Good! We’re back again for another year of our exciting national can ‘collection, creation, education and donation’ campaign run by The Salvation Army in partnership with Wattie’s for New Zealand schools.

Thanks to the incredible efforts of the 229 schools and kindergartens who participated in 2017, more than 92,000 cans were donated to Salvation Army foodbanks – restocking shelves in the high demand period leading up to Christmas. This year, we are celebrating 25 years of the long-standing relationship between us and The Salvation Army. Throughout the partnership we have restocked foodbank shelves at critical times of the year with their can fundraising campaigns and generous annual donations. Since beginning in 1994, nearly 1.4 million cans have been donated and this year through the support of New Zealand schools participating in Cans for Good we hope to collect 110,000 cans taking us to a total of 1.5 million cans. With Wattie’s kick starting with 25,000 cans, this will make an incredible boost to local Salvation Army food banks at a critical time of year.

Save the date!

This year in response to feedback from schools, Cans for Good has been scheduled for the fortnight of 13th to 24th August 2018 – so save the date on your school calendar now!

How it works

Wattie’s Cans for Good goes beyond other can fundraisers, by combining the charitable collection activity with a creative competition and a set of teacher resources which are designed to engage children and teachers, in a fun, team-based giving and learning experience. The campaign has four components as shown below. Schools can participate in all or some of these activities depending on their interest and available resources. If you would just like to collect and donate cans that is fine but we hope we will once again see some of your awesome creative efforts.


This year our can label design competition is back by popular demand. As well as constructing a large can based creation, schools are invited to design a can label for a Wattie’s can! Details on how to enter the creative competition are here.

Awesome prizes

Can Constuction

We have more awesome prizes to recognise our most creative entries so check out last year’s winners and start brainstorming! All participating schools receive a special certificate thanking them for their contribution and five schools with the most creative ‘can creation’ can choose from a sports or art supply voucher valued at $500. Click here to check out last year's winning entries!

Can Label Design

Get your school involved in designing the best can label, pick your top 5 and upload these onto our Facebook event page! We'll pick the most creative can label from each category: Kindergaten, Primary/Intermediate and Secondary School. Each winner will receive a Tomato Sauce Prize Pack and see their can label design produced on a special can for display at your school! Click here to check out last year’s winning can label designs.

Getting involved

Wattie's Cans for Good -Eastern Hub School
Wattie's Cans for Good -Eastern Hub School 2
Wattie's Cans for Good -Eastern Hub School 3

It is easy to participate – register your school here and we will send you all the resources you need to get involved including posters, a video to play at your assembly or share with your parent community, digital assets to help promote your event on line, teaching resources and the terms and conditions for the competition. When you register make sure you tell us the day and time you’ll be creating your can artwork and whether you are happy for us to inform the media about your activities.

Here's a little preview of the resources you'll get once you register:

Making a difference

We hope hundreds of schools from around the country will once again sign up to be part of Wattie’s Cans for Good. Every school that gets involved will help make a difference to vulnerable families and individuals in their community who need food assistance to deal with New Zealand’s rapidly rising living costs. Last year The Salvation Army provided more than 62,000 food parcels to help Kiwis in need get back on their feet.

Sign up today to collect, create, educate and donate and make a difference in your community. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, visit our FAQ page or email us or call us on 0800 653 050.

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