Foodbanks inundated with donations from shoppers to help needy families

Spire Homes' Mark Rogers and Phil Ison collect donations for Rutland Foodbank
Spire Homes' Mark Rogers and Phil Ison collect donations for Rutland Foodbank
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Generous shoppers have donated tons of food worth thousands of pounds to help families in need.

The newly launched Deepings Foodbank and existing ones in Stamford, Rutland and Bourne held special collections at Tesco, as part of the supermarket’s national campaign to stock up foodbanks.

In Deepings 3.3 tons of food worth £5,453 was collected at the Market Deeping Tesco.

Volunteer Jan Adron-Walk said: “I was overwhelmed by people’s generosity. We asked shoppers for one or two items, they responded with bagfuls.”

Stamford Foodbank, which had already collected two tons of food worth £3,360 at churches and schools at the harvest festival, held a small collection “to raise awareness” and still received food worth £732.

Volunteer Nicola Dunkin said: “Some people think they can’t come to us unless they are on benefits. This is for anyone who has reached the point of having to chose between paying bills and eating.”

In Bourne residents gave generously but volunteers have yet to weigh the goods.

Rutland Foodbank collected 2.3 tons of food worth £3,864 at Tesco in Oakham.

Volunteer Suzanne Johnson said she was struck by people’s understanding at a time when many charities were asking for donations and the cost of Christmas looming.

Spire Homes donated £500 towards shelving at Rutland Foodbank’s storage depot and the use of a garage for extra storage.

A number of its staff also joined Tesco and Oakham School to collect donations.

Spire Homes’ said it was part of its ‘bigger volunteering’ policy, where staff can take time off work to give something back to their communities.

Vouchers for foodbanks can be collected from the Citizens Advice Bureau.