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3rd Jul, 2022

Most successful food drive yet for Stratford Foodbank

OVER 2.5 tonnes of food was collected at Stratford Foodbank’s most successful food drive yet.

The collection took place over three days, with the food valued at over £4,500.

As well as regular food parcels, the donation means the foodbank can supply over 200 community hampers to distribute to those facing a difficult Christmas.

Over 60 volunteers assisted with the food drive, handing out shopping lists, dating food, and weighing and shelving food in the Foodbank’s warehouse.

Foodbank Manager Marion Homer said: “This collection has been a phenomenal success and we are so grateful to the many volunteers and generous food donors who helped us reach this figure.

“We needed the drive to be successful as we are expecting to be very busy over the coming months so it is reassuring to know we have food ready to meet this anticipated need.”

Trustee Marina Dunn added the efforts of Stratford residents was an affirmation of their compassion and generosity for those in need in the community.

The foodbank – which operates from a cabin in Tesco car park – has benefited more than 1,500 people so far this year, with a rise of over 60 per cent in the number of food parcels distributed, compared to last year.

A nutritiously-balanced parcel is handed to those who have received a voucher from a professional such as a doctor or social worker.

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