Fantastic response at meeting

Rebecca Black, Rev Mark Thomson, Janis Hewitt, headteacher Chris Beckett, Dr Mike Bossingham, Anne Guthrie and Susie Brook at a public meeting for the new Deepings Foodbank at The Deepings School, Deeping St James. 'Photo: SG111113-222TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Rebecca Black, Rev Mark Thomson, Janis Hewitt, headteacher Chris Beckett, Dr Mike Bossingham, Anne Guthrie and Susie Brook at a public meeting for the new Deepings Foodbank at The Deepings School, Deeping St James. 'Photo: SG111113-222TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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An overwhelming response from the Deepings community has given a huge boost to plans to open a new foodbank in the area to help the needy.

At least 80 people attended a meeting at The Deepings School, Deeping St James, on Monday to hear about plans for the foodbank which is set to open at the school next month.

It is hoped that food parcels and hot meals will be served at the school two nights a week after nearly half a ton of food was donated by people and businesses in the area.

Foodbank trustee Mike Bossingham said: “We were surprised at the turnout on Monday and a good number of people have offered to volunteer, so we’re planning to open the foodbank in the first week of December.

“People have been very generous and one of our trustees was stopped in the street by somebody who gave him a cheque.”

As well as food, more than £200 has been donated to the foodbank and Chris Beckett, headteacher of The Deepings School, said: “It’s really encouraging that there are lots of people who want to support this initiative.

“Both the governors and myself are right behind the whole foodbank project.”