Foodbank response ‘amazing’

Eastwood volunteer bureau food bank appeal with the Advertiser. Editor Martin Hutton, Robert Radcliffe, Carol Dennis, Marlene Seagrove and Catherine Johnson.
Eastwood volunteer bureau food bank appeal with the Advertiser. Editor Martin Hutton, Robert Radcliffe, Carol Dennis, Marlene Seagrove and Catherine Johnson.

Eastwood Volunteer Bureau has had an ‘overwhelming’ response from people donating to its foodbank after the Advertiser launched a campaign calling on people to help the town’s starving families last week.

Staff at the bureau say they have been inundated with donations since the story appeared last Friday.

Foodbank co-ordinator Marlene Seagrove said: “The response has been really quite overwhelming.

“It’s just amazing. It really helps us a lot and we’re so grateful.”

Marlene, who launched the foodbank scheme three years ago, said Morrisons supermarket had agreed to donate £50 worth of food every month, and young people were among those coming in with bags full of food to help out.

She said she found the response ‘encouraging’ and wanted to thank everybody.

“It’s been lovely that young people have been coming in as well. A young couple came in last Friday and they had gone round collecting from all their family,” she said.

“It’s very encouraging what people are doing. I think there’s just this awareness now. People really realise there is a need and they have been very generous.”

”I want to thank everybody. The generosity of people has been overwhelming,” she added.

When Marlene launched the service she was handing out four bags of food a week. This steadily increased to ten a week, but in the last year the figure has shot up to 40 – a four fold increase.

It is thought the crisis is due increased living costs and benefit cuts.