Foodbanks get a helping hand

Stamford Foodbank EMN-150801-101237001
Stamford Foodbank EMN-150801-101237001

Foodbank causes across the area got a helping hand from a range of businesses and organisations over the festive period.

Generous Tesco customers in Stamford have donated an incredible amount of food for people in need this winter, following the Neighbourhood Food Collection in aid of Trussell Trust foodbanks and FareShare.

The collection was held to make sure that charities had enough food to help people during the winter, which is the hardest time of year for people in poverty .

Jean Asher, from Stamford foodbank, said: “ It is very heart-warming to see how generous local people have been.

“Without public donations, Stamford and other local foodbanks would not be able to support people in crisis. Stamford foodbank is run entirely by volunteers and we would like to thank everyone who donated food at Tesco. We would also like to thank Tesco staff for their invaluable support.”

Stamford Foodbank collected in Tesco’s High Street store and the supermarket then topped up all donations by 30 per cent.

The Tesco store in South Road, Bourne, also took part in the initiative helping the Bourne Foodbank.

The Bourne branch of Unite the union assisted and donated more than £200 to the Foodbank.

Tesco was not the only supermarket to help - Waitrose in West Street, Stamford, launched a food donation point and a bespoke Christmas donation list.

Waitrose is also rolling out permanent food donation points at all its supermarkets to support the Trussell Trust, which helps local Foodbanks, with a steady and manageable supply of food all year round.

Kevin Whiston, branch manager of Waitrose Stamford said: “Our Foodbanks do an incredible job helping those who need it most. We’re delighted to be working with the Trussell Trust to help our customers support Foodbanks throughout the year. ”

The ladies of Stamford Flower Club made monthly donations of food to the Stamford Foodbank last year and also held a range of fundraising activities to help the 
cause.

The club managed to raise £1,500, which Marilyn Williams from the flower club handed over to Jean.