Almost £3,000 worth of food was donated to Hailsham Foodbank after a campaign was launched at a town supermarket to help feed those in poverty at Christmas.
Since the foodbank opened last year more than 1,200 people have been given emergency food from the foodbank in Hailsham.
Speaking last week, foodbank manager Malcolm Richards said this Christmas will be especially tough for people living in poverty.
He appealed for people who shop at Tesco in Hailsham to collect a selected shopping list when they entered the store and pick up an item of food on the list. They were then asked to donate the food item to the foodbank which would be given to people in times of crisis.
Malcolm said there was a ‘magnificent’ response to the appeal and he wanted to thank residents in Hailsham for collecting 1,645kgs of non-perishible food, worth £2,764. Tesco will now top up this value by a further 30 per cent.
He said: “Once again the community of Hailsham have shown magnificent generosity in supporting the local foodbank by their donations of much needed food.
“We have seen demand for the foodbank’s services grow considerably over the last six months and it is reassuring to know we have good supplies on the run up to Christmas to help families who find themselves in a crisis. I just want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who was involved and who donated food.”
A spokesman for the Tesco store in North Street, Hailsham, added: “We really want to support such good local causes and I am delighted to have been involved in this collection.”
Volunteers from the local churches and community were on hand on Friday (November 29) and Saturday (November 30) handing out ‘shopping lists’ to customers inviting them to buy one or more items from the list and donate to the foodbank.
On Sunday the store’s staff carried on the good work.
Hailsham Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s nationwide network of foodbanks. To obtain emergency food people need to be referred to the foodbank by a front line care agency, such as social services, Citizen Advice Bureau or health visitor, who will issue a voucher which can then be exchanged for food. To donate to the foodbank visit http://hailsham.foodbank.org.uk