Every little helps as shoppers show support for foodbank

By Tim Clarke Thursday 06 December 2012 Updated: 06/12 16:04

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SHOPPERS at two supermarkets in Worcester showed that every little helps as they donated more than two and a half tonnes of food to Worcester Foodbank at the weekend.

Customers at Tesco in Warndon and St Peter's handed over hundreds of items of food to volunteers from the project, which is helping to feed hungry people across the city.

Many shoppers donated festive goodies including mince pies, Christmas puddings and chocolates which will be included in the food parcels given to people who need support from the centre on Carden Close.

Similar collections took place at hundreds of Tesco stores across the country as part of the Help Feed People in Need appeal which was organised in partnership with charities FareShare and the Trussell Trust.

Tesco will also give foodbank store vouchers to the value of 30 per cent of the food collected which volunteers can use to replenish stocks.

Ann-Marie Ison, Worcester Foodbank manager, said: "Money is so tight at the moment but people were coming out with bags and bags of stuff to give to us. It was really humbling to see people being so generous."

"Christmas is all about good food and it must be really awful when you cannot get to eat things like mince pies or a Christmas pudding. Hopefully this will bring a little bit of joy to some of the people who use foodbank."

The collections could not have come at a better time for the project which is braced for a surge in demand over the winter months as people face up to the pressures of increased energy bills and Christmas debts.

In the past five months it has already helped to feed more than 700 people and this month began opening three rather than just two days a week.

"People incur a lot of debt over Christmas so I think January might be busier because people realise they cannot afford to pay for what they bought and they face the consequences of the credit card bills," Mrs Ison added.

To find out how you can support foodbank visit worcester.foodbank.org.uk

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