Shoppers show big support for town foodbank

Hastings Foodbank volunteers collecting donations at Sainsbury's
Hastings Foodbank volunteers collecting donations at Sainsbury's

GENEROUS shoppers donated almost three quarters of a tonne of dried and canned goods to the Hastings Foodbank last weekend.

Foodbank volunteers and teenagers from King’s Church Hastings youth group, manned a collection point at Sainsbury’s, in John Macadam Way, on Saturday (April 28). The response from the public was overwhelming, with almost 750kg of food donated, which is almost 50 per cent more than an average one-day supermarket foodbank collection, and worth an estimated £1,000.

Jeff Beale, Hastings Foodbank manager, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to the local Sainsbury’s and to its customers, whose generosity was incredible. Hundreds of customers donated items to the Foodbank throughout the day, some even bought bags full of food to give to us.

“Many local people in need will benefit from this and people were very positive about what we are doing.”

The foodbank set up by Kings Church Hastings in association with The Trussell Trust charity, opened on April 17, and gives emergency food parcels to those in times of crisis. The Trussell Trust has opened two foodbanks a week in the UK in the last 12 months, as more people find themselves in crisis.