CHRISTMAS FOODBANK APPEAL: Shop ‘till’ you drop event at Holbeach store

Tesco Superstore in Holbeach hosts the retailer's annual Neighbourhood Food Collection manned by volunteers from Holbeach Community Larder and Sutton Bridge Foodbank, with (back) the Rev David Oxtoby, Joan Ansell, store manager Steven Ross, Debbie Richardson, (front) Charlie Doades and Jane Francis.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG031216-186TW.
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Tesco Superstore in Holbeach hosts the retailer's annual Neighbourhood Food Collection manned by volunteers from Holbeach Community Larder and Sutton Bridge Foodbank, with (back) the Rev David Oxtoby, Joan Ansell, store manager Steven Ross, Debbie Richardson, (front) Charlie Doades and Jane Francis. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG031216-186TW. ANL-160412-110051001
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Volunteers from two foodbanks in South Holland were on the receiving end of a “Supermarket Sweep” for individuals and families facing a bleak Christmas.

Holbeach Community Larder and Sutton Bridge Foodbank teamed up for a three-day gathering up of donations at Tesco Superstore, Holbeach, as part of the retail giant’s annual Neighbourhood Food Collection.

Teams from both foodbanks ended up taking away up to 150 crates of food meant for festive parcels to give to crisis-hit people in the area, including those hit by benefit delays, homelessness, illness, family breakdown and redundancy.

Jane Francis, of Holbeach Community Larder, said: “It went really well and we had to hire a van to collect between 100 and 150 green crates full of food.

“The response from the majority of people was absolutely fabulous and very generous, with one person having gone round the store to buy a whole trolley load of food.

“I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to focus on the Spalding Guardian’s annual Christmas Foodbank Appeal and how we work in partnership with businesses and agencies to identify people who need food hampers.”

he response from the majority of people was absolutely fabulous and very generous, with one person having gone round the store to buy a whole trolley load of food

Jane Francis, Holbeach Community Larder

Holbeach Community Larder is on course for the number of food parcels it gives out to double in 2016, compared to last year.

In 2015, volunteers gave out 89 parcels and 40 Christmas hampers to people from Moulton, Whaplode, Fleet, Gedney and Holbeach itself.

Jane Francis, of Holbeach Community Larder, said: “This year, we have already given out 180 food parcels and demand for the foodbank has been greater than ever before.

“It’s hard work but very rewarding to see those you have helped.”