Bumper donations for Lewes food bank but demand ‘does not go away after Christmas’

The whole community of Lewes has come together to give bags upon bags of food and drink to a local food bank in the run-up to Christmas.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 12:35 pm
Monday volunteers at Landport Food Bank, Emma Ashby, Clive Tedder, Debbie Twitchen, and Jennie Wood QUwIju1cQhRdJ00r3OMx

Landport Food Bank took delivery of a large number of festive treats and staple foods to support families and individuals in need this Christmas.

Photos posted online show the scale of the donations at Landport, which is one of three food banks in Lewes.

Debbie Twitchen, who runs the food bank, said that the quantity of donations was ‘just insane’ and that the organisation had been ‘very, very lucky’ to receive them.

Landport Foodbank volunteer, Clive Tedder, readying Christmas donations 4Gt4Hd2aTrQvkoqRvbeh

She stressed that the donations were the result of a commuity-wide effort from schools, churches, local businesses, and individuals from across Lewes.

Debbie gave special thanks to The Lamb of Lewes, Fisher Street for raising more than £200 and taking donations of food at a benefit gig on Sunday, December 15 but she also expressed thanks to the whole community.

The support given by Landport Food Bank is in demand year-round and “Does not go away after Christmas,” she said.

“We are very sad that the need is worsening as years go by. Some clients no longer need the food bank but more come to replace them.

Food bank volunteers Pat Allen and Emma Ashby packing Christmas donations nknKmdQgQqTogJmIOdTQ

“It’s not normal in this day and age to be relying on charities for your weekly shop.”

Landport Foodbank was set up in 2012 and is run entirely by volunteers. The food bank also relies on volunteer drivers for deliveries.

For more information about food banks in East Sussex, visit this website.

Find out more about Landport Food Bank here.

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