Shoppers dig deep to help Bourne foodbank appeal

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Food weighing more than three quarters of a ton was donated at the first collection for Bourne Foodbank.

The new organisation is currently collecting food, training volunteers and preparing to open on May 7.

Organisers of the new venture have secured permission to base the project at the United Reformed Church.

Shelving has been made available by the Co-op to store the donated goods.

On Saturday Bourne shoppers donated a generous 763kg of food to help feed local people facing crisis.

A small army of volunteers gave their time to make the collection outside Tesco in South Road, Bourne, such a success.

Volunteer Andy McManus said: “I was amazed at how generous some people were. “Although we suggest just get one item from our list, some people were coming out of the supermarket with bags full of food for the collection.

“It was lovely to see lots of children getting involved and walking up to us with a big smile on their face and packs of biscuits or sugar in their arms. They were really pleased to be giving, which is very encouraging.”

Mr McManus said: “The foodbank wouldn’t be able to run without this generosity.”

The foodbank will be run by Churches Together in Bourne in partnership with the Trussell Trust, which runs foodbanks across the country.

Bourne Foodbank coordinator Jennie Fytche said: “The Trussell Trust wants to say a big thank you to all those who gave their food or time on Saturday.

“It is hard to describe the difference giving a food box makes to parents whose children would otherwise go to bed hungry and it is people like you who make this possible, thank you.

“We would also like to thank the staff at Tesco, especially the community champion Julie Goldsmith who made this day possible.”

The next collection will be on April 13 at Sainsbury’s in Exeter Street, Bourne.