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Tonnes of food from shoppers

Store manager of Tesco in Bourne, Julie Goldsmith, with foodbank volunteers Margaret Ash, Sue Maggs and Rita Wilson.

Store manager of Tesco in Bourne, Julie Goldsmith, with foodbank volunteers Margaret Ash, Sue Maggs and Rita Wilson.

The scale of support for the Guardian’s Christmas Foodbank Appeal has left volunteers on all fours in Bourne and The Deepings.

That’s because shoppers at Tesco stores in Market Deeping and Bourne donated more than four tonnes of food to desperate people and families in both areas.

Volunteers were invited to collect food at both stores as part of Tesco’s Neighbourhood Food Collection and the response left them struggling for words.

Jan Adron-Walk of Deepings Foodbank said: “We asked shoppers if they would like to donate one or two items from our Christmas Foodbank Appeal list and people responded by bringing not just single items but entire bags.

“In one case, a couple came over with a full trolley of shopping before picking up a small bag from off the top and giving us the rest.”

Ellen Frost, manager of Tesco in Market Deeping, said: “All of us were overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers and we are very happy to have supported this project.”

Pastor Andy McManus of Bourne Foodbank said: “The amount of food donated and the generosity of people in our area means that we have enough supplies to see us through the Christmas period and into February.”

 

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