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Glad tidings for Deepings and Bourne Foodbanks

Rebecca Black, Rev Mark Thomson, Chris Beckett, Susie Brook (back), Janis Hewitt and Anne Guthrie of Deepings Foodbank.

Rebecca Black, Rev Mark Thomson, Chris Beckett, Susie Brook (back), Janis Hewitt and Anne Guthrie of Deepings Foodbank.

It’s been open less than a month but Deepings Foodbank and the lives it is touching has taken the community by storm.

More than three tonnes of food was donated by Christmas shoppers at a three-day collection inside Tesco, Market Deeping, alone and people have also been volunteering to pack Christmas food parcels.

Janis Hewitt, secretary of the foodbank based at The Deepings School, Deeping St James, said: “The past few weeks have been overwhelming and the support from people has been amazing.

“It’s taken quite a lot of time to sort through the donations at our warehouse, but we’ve had help from an enormous number of volunteers both before and during the collections.

“What started as an idea from Deepings Churches Together has become something that’s supported by every community group in the Deepings which is fantastic.”

It’s a similar story in Bourne where its foodbank is preparing to give out Christmas parcels for the first time since its launch in April.

Pastor Andy McManus, trustee of the foodbank based at Bourne United Reformed Church, said: “The amount of food in our store has remained constant thanks to store collections and donations.

“I went into a bank in Bourne where the staff had a whip round for the foodbank and to me, it tells a story about the heartbeat of the town.

“One of the fish and chip shops is even giving out vouchers to families who come to the foodbank, offering them a free hot meal.

“People are coming up to me in the street to ask how they can help out and it’s really inspiring.”

 

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