December 10 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Shoppers have been praised for their generosity after items were donated to support crisis-hit families.
Volunteers from the Mid Norfolk Foodbank held collections at Waitrose in Swaffham on Friday and Saturday.
The project helps people in financial difficulty by providing emergency food, guidance and support. It is one of more than 350 UK foodbanks that operate in association with the Trussell Trust.
Supermarket customers were given a list of suitable items on their way in to the store and were asked if they would be willing to donate food or toiletries.
Helen Neale, co-ordinator of the Swaffham distribution centre, said: “Waitrose has been very supportive and provided staff members as volunteers to help out. We are very pleased with how much has been given and the generous nature of the customers.
“Waitrose in Swaffham is not a huge store so it doesn’t have the same amount of people going through the door as larger stores but the generosity of its customers is evident.”
Foodbanks across the country have reported an increase in demand.
The Mid Norfolk Foodbank was launched just over 18 months ago. It has seen the number of people it has helped increase to 200 in the last eight months.
Mrs Neale said: “If people don’t donate then we wouldn’t have food to be able to give to people in crisis. It’s essential that people donate and are happy to do so on the basis that there are people who are in need of it and it could easily be a neighbour.”
Foodbank asks for donations of non-perishable food items such as tinned food, toilet rolls, coffee, sugar and long-life milk.
People can also donate at Swaffham Baptist Church and at Swaffham Community Centre.