Foodbank overwhelmed by generous response from readers following our appeal to stop hunger this Christmas

The Foodbank collection box for donations at Archant's reception. Picture: Denise Bradley The Foodbank collection box for donations at Archant's reception. Picture: Denise Bradley

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
8:00 AM

Foodbank organisers have said they are overwhelmed by the reaction from generous readers to our appeal to stop hunger this Christmas.

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Last Wednesday we launched our campaign to encourage readers to help thousands of people who rely on foodbanks at their time of greatest need.

Grant Habershon, project manager at Norwich Foodbank, said: “It’s been amazing. The volunteers pick up the phone and answer it and when they put it down there are two message. We have had lots of people come in with donations.”

He said the response has been so strong that organisers can now ensure everyone who receives a food box will also get special Christmas goodies, such as mince pies.

He is now particularly keen to receive tinned sponge puddings, 500g bags of sugar, and long-life fruit juice, preferably orange or apple.

He added: “One of the key messages we would like to send is that we really, really appreciate all the food that’s coming in, but it would be great if you could remember in March there will still be people in crisis, especially if we have a cold winter.”

Has a foodbank helped you? Email mark.shields@archant.co.uk

1 comment

  • We should not just be feeding the hungry, we should also be asking, "Why are they hungry?"

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    marty r

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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