Grantham Foodbank donations weigh 10 tonnes!

Grantham Foodbank in St Catherines Road, Grantham. 608B

Grantham Foodbank in St Catherines Road, Grantham. 608B

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A STAGGERING 10 tonnes of food have been donated to Grantham Foodbank since it launched less than a year ago.

Over the past 10 months since its inception, 900 poor families have been helped, thanks to overwhelming support from generous local people.

Volunteers hold regular collections in the town’s supermarkets, asking shoppers to pick up just one extra item from a shopping list to donate.

Co-ordinator Liz Woods said: “Without the wholehearted support of the managements and staff of Asda, Sainsbury’s and the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre and the generosity of their customers, the foodbank would not have been able to support the number of families it has done.”

Shoppers contribute half of the food collected, while the other half comes from collection points in churches, schools and local businesses.

Steve Potts, chair of trustees, said: “We have been amazed at just how generous people are in supplying food to the foodbank week after week.”

Volunteers box up three days’ worth of nutritionally-balanced items to go to families who have fallen on hard times.

Foodbank co-ordinator Brian Hanbury said: “There are many local families who are just one wage packet away from poverty. The challenge is to support these people in their crisis and enable them to a more stable future.”

l Donations of food can be left at the foodbank in St Catherine’s Road on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 1pm and 3pm, or on Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and noon, or next door at Halo Hair Salon at other times.