Shoppers donate to Hailsham Foodbank

Hailsham foodbank collects in Asda
Hailsham foodbank collects in Asda

Shoppers in Hailsham donated a massive 221.3kgs of produce to a foodbank which helps people living in poverty.

A team of Hailsham Foodbank volunteers descended on Asda in the town on Saturday (August 10).

They handed shoppers a list of non-perishable food items and asked them to buy an item from the list and donate it to the foodbank.

All of the items on the list were needed to supply the foodbank.

Malcolm Richards, who is manager at the foodbank, said the community of Hailsham responded ‘magnificently’ and donated 221.3kg of food.

He said: “Hailsham’s foodbank has been open almost a year and in that time has fed getting on for 900 people.

“That amounts to over 8,000 meals provided to people in crisis in the town.

“We need this kind of continuing support to sustain what we do and as usual Hailsham has come up trumps.”

The profit ASDA made from the day will also be donated to the Hailsham Foodbank.

Malcolm said he wanted to thank Asda for its support of the foodbank.

The Sussex Express has previously reported how 35 per cent of children are living below the poverty line in Hailsham East. The figures were released by charity Campaign to end child poverty.

Child poverty is measured by relative low income (household earning less than £16,000). The figures release d in February for mid 2012 show 24 per cent of children are in poverty in Hailsham South and West and 11 per cent are living below the poverty line in Hailsham central and North.

For more informatioin about Hailsham Foodbank and to donate visit the charity’s website at http://hailsham.foodbank.org.uk/