Shoppers top up Keynsham Foodbank

Published on: 09 Sep 2013

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Generous shoppers have helped Keynsham Foodbank fill its shelves during its first solo collection.

Volunteers from the charity spent Saturday, August 31, outside the town’s Co-op supermarket handing out leaflets to customers about donating to the cause.

And it wasn't long before the crates started filling up with tins, tea bags, cereal and more as customers added a few extra items to their shop to go to people in need.

Co-ordinator Alan Hale said: “Right from the outset the response has been unbelievable, I know the community in Keynsham is extremely generous. It’s a desperate shame that we have to do this but it’s absolutely heart-warming to see the response and I would liketo say thank you to Co-op for their support too.”

The donated food was sorted by volunteers before being taken to the group’s store at Broadlands School.

One shopper who donated some items on the day said: “It’s about awareness that many people find it difficult to cover the basics, and if those that can contribute a small amount do so, it can make a big difference. It’s very sad that here we are in what we consider to be an affluent part of the world yet there are still people who are struggling.”

Keynsham Foodbank will hand out its first food parcels to those referred by a health worker or other professional at the end of September, with weekly distribution on Mondays at Victoria Methodist Church and Thursdays at St Francis’ Church.

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