Biggest year ever for Eastwood food bank as they hand out almost 100 bags of provisions

Eastwood Volunteer Food Bank. Pictured l-r is Chris Ratcliffe, Marlene Seagrave and Robert Ratcliffe.
Eastwood Volunteer Food Bank. Pictured l-r is Chris Ratcliffe, Marlene Seagrave and Robert Ratcliffe.

Eastwood’s food bank was able to support more local families this Christmas than ever before thanks to our readers responding to our Feed Our Families campaign.

Nearly 100 bags of provisions and festive goodies were handed out in just ine week to residents of Eastwood, Kimberley and the surrounding areas who needed a helping hand to get through the winter period.

In fact, enough food was donated to the food bank that they were able to provide food for women’s shelter Aiden House and other local food banks which were struggling to help those in need.

Food bank manager Marleen Seagrave said that they had been overwhelmed by the community’s response and had been given so much food it was up to the ceiling and along the corridors of Eastwood Volunteer Bureau.

She added: “This was the best year we have ever had - it’s like heaven has opened up and it’s pouring in.

“We even had two little girls come in who had given up their pocket money to buy food which is amazing.”

Throughout 2014, an incredible 1,480 food parcels with goods such as bread and pasta were given out to people struggling financially.

Marleen and her team at Eastwood food bank would like to thank everyone who donated food items, as well as the continuing support from the supermarkets - Sainsburys in Hill Top and Kimberley, Morrisons and Co-op in Eastwood, Warburtons and local area churches.

She said: “We would like to thank everyone who gave so very generously this Christmas, and we would like to wish you all a happy new year from the team.”