Banbury Foodbank has appealed to shoppers to donate food to help people in need this Christmas.
The Neighbourhood Food Collection will again be held at Tesco stores as part of a nationwide appeal from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday.
Customers of Banbury’s branches are asked to leave donations at the collection points provided.
Appeal partners are The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare.
The food collected will be passed to the Banbury Foodbank warehouse before being given to people experiencing times of crisis.
David Stapleton, Banbury Foodbank’s project manager, said: “Winter is the hardest time of year for people living in poverty and this Christmas is looking especially tough as fuel prices continue to rise.
“We’re delighted Tesco are working with us to help stop local people going hungry this Christmas and we hope that many people will donate a tin or two.”
Numbers of people turning to Banbury Foodbank this year have increased significantly. More than 1,100 people have been given three days’ emergency food in the past eight months alone.
Ian Wilson, store manager at Banbury Tesco Extra, said: “Our customers were incredibly generous when we held out last food collection in the summer so we’re hoping for an even bigger total this time.”
Tesco will be topping up total donations by 30 per cent.
Items such as long-life milk, cereal, pasta, tinned foods, tea and coffee and similar, non-perishable donations will all be very welcome.
Since Banbury Foodbank opened two years ago it has helped 1,200 adults and 1,000 children.
Less than five per cent of Foodbank clients are homeless. Many are working families struggling to make ends meet. The banks give out three days’ emergency food.
More than 90 per cent of its stocks are donated by the public.
Every Tesco store in the south east region will be taking part in this weekend’s collection for distribution in many towns. BYHP – the Banbury Young Homelessness Project – also welcomes donations for its foodbank for Banbury’s homeless young people.
Donations can be delivered to the centre’s headquarters in Chandos Close or arrangements for collection can be made by calling 01295 259442.