More than 1.2 tons of food donated to Haverhill Foodbank in three days
A three-day collection held at a supermarket by Haverhill Foodbank has seen enough food collected to feed 65 families for one week.
The collection took place at the Tesco store from last Thursday to Saturday in conjunction with the Trussell Trust and resulted in 1,317kg of food being donated - more than 1.2 tons.
Sandra Mann, the foodbank’s manager, said: “The generosity of people that have come to Tesco’s over the last three days has been absolutely overwhelming, very humbling.
“There’s been lots of stories but ultimately lots of giving from people. It’s been really good to see.”
Some of the food items will be used to create Christmas hampers for families in need with the non-festive items being retained as stock.
Henry Wilson MBE, the projects director for Reach Community Projects, of which Haverhill Foodbank is one aspect, said of the collection: “I think it’s absolutely brilliant. I’m really chuffed.
“Sandra (Mann) did an amazing job.
“It was her first collection since taking over as the manager.
“I think she was a bit overwhelmed on Thursday but she just felt so exhilarated on Saturday.”
As a further boost to Reach’s work, Tesco gives it 20 per cent of the total monetary value of all the food that is donated
The foodbank is having two Christmas hamper packing days, when people can volunteers their time to help create the hampers in the charity’s Hollands Road warehouse.
They take place on Saturday from 10am to 1pm and on Monday, December 9 from 5pm to 8pm.
Anyone interested in taking part should call Reach on 01440 712950.
Reach is currently running a Christmas fund-raising appeal (go to https://localgiving.org/appeal/ChristmasAtReach/) which closes on December 20.
Any money that is raised up to a total of £5,500 will be match-funded thanks to the sponsorship offer made by three donors, so if one person donates £25, for example, it will be worth £50.
Although the match-funding offer is due to end on November 30, it could be extended beyond that, added Mr Wilson and no donations would be refused if they miss the deadline.
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