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Foodbank appeal for more stock

Eastwood Advertiser presentation of food to Eastwood volunteer bureau foodbank. Marlene Seagrave, Robert Ratcliffe and Martin Hutton.

Eastwood Advertiser presentation of food to Eastwood volunteer bureau foodbank. Marlene Seagrave, Robert Ratcliffe and Martin Hutton.

Staff at Eastwood foodbank are calling on local folk for donations after a recent influx of people asking for help to feed their families.

Co-ordinator Marlene Seagrave said over the last three weeks they had seen an increase in people coming to collect bags of food, and stocks were running low.

She said: “We were busy over Christmas and just afterwards but then it dropped off a bit. But for some reason the last three weeks has been really busy and we don’t know why.

“I have never known anything like the situation now.

“We are doing the very best we can but we do need the food still coming in.

“The numbers of people collecting are going up and the food is going down. We are running out of stocks at a fast rate,” she said.

Ms Seagrave said last week she had someone in who had said they had not eaten all day the previous day.

“We had a young man in the other day who said he had not eaten at all the previous day because he had no money.”

She hoped people would help out this Easter time, being as it was a time of giving.

“People recognise Easter as a time of giving, so I hope people can find it in their hearts to help.

“We had a lot of people donate food over Christmas, but it has really dropped off now,” she said.

The foodbank co-ordinator said they had a handful of people regularly donating, but many locals needed a reminder that they were still there.

“Some people save food up throughout the month but many just need that little reminder that we are still here.

“Christmas has come and gone and people get back to their normal life and forget.

“I thought Easter approaching would be a good opportunity to give it another push.”

Sainsbury’s at Hilltop has donated £500 worth of vouchers to the foodbank and the store in Greens Lane, Kimberley has now got a trolley for people to donate, along with Morrisons in Eastwood.

 

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