Shop donations provide a taste of Europe at Grantham Foodbank

Brian Hanbury, Alper Akgul and Gareth Bowles at Grantham Foodbank.

Brian Hanbury, Alper Akgul and Gareth Bowles at Grantham Foodbank.

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Two European food stores in Grantham have joined efforts to support the local foodbank, and provide a greater range of cuisine to its clients.

Both Mariano Lozano who runs The Euro Mini Market on Wharf Road and Alper Akgul of London Road’s K2 Mini Mart have donated food and money to Grantham Foodbank, and want to continue to make regular contributions to its food supply.

The partnership was the idea of Gareth Bowles, who has long been a supporter of Grantham Foodbank as well as helping to co-ordinate charity projects helping the homeless in Nottingham.

Gareth explains: “Whilst the Foodbank has many great donations of food, I wanted to bring some European food to the table for the Grantham population of, for example, Polish, Latvian, Russian. Lithuanian and Bulgarian residents.”

He added: “I just thought it would be nice, and something a bit different that people might not have thought about.”

As a friend of the two shopkeepers as well as Grantham Foodbank’s co-ordinator Brian Hanbury, Gareth was able to make the connection. Their donations were made in time for Christmas, and are to be the first of many by the stores.

Grantham Foodbank has collected 11,467 kg of food in the past six months, helping 691 adults and 335 children in the area. It also provides clothing and household items through its Restore project, and offers financial advice through its partnership with Paypal.

For more information on Grantham Foodbank, and how you can help, go to www.granthamfoodbank.org.uk