COMPASSIONATE folk stepped up to the plate for this year’s Stratford Foodbank Christmas drive.
The three-day collection was the most successful yet with nearly 3.5 tonnes of food, worth over £5,800, donated.
Over 60 volunteers took part handing out shopping lists in Tesco, and dating, weighing and shelving food in the foodbank’s warehouse in the car park.
Stratford’s business community made a significant contribution with Enterprise vans helping transport food to off-site storage and staff from NFU Mutual assisting with the collection.
Following the drive, the food is divided into parcels worth three days of food.
Foodbank manager Marion Homer said: “This year’s Christmas collection saw some particularly generous donations by the local traveller community, and we are grateful to them, and to everyone, who donated or helped during this food drive.
“Whilst I am pleased to say the success of this food drive means we can continue to provide emergency help – what I really hope is that one day there won’t be a need for a foodbank in Stratford at all. Christmas is supposed to be a time for joy but we know for many the festive period is increasingly stressful.
“Last December was our busiest month on record and, reluctantly, we are preparing for more of the same this year.”
She added this year the team had distributed around 200 parcels a month compared to 85 when the foodbank started five years ago.
Visit stratforduponavon.foodbank.org.uk for more information.