Supermarket collection day for Wisbech Foodbank

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As increasing numbers of local people in crisis turn to foodbanks for help, shoppers at Wisbech Asda will be asked to donate food items to the foodbank on Saturday 3 August.

The economic climate means that more families are struggling to put food on the table. Since it opened on 7 June the Wisbech Foodbank has already given food to over 108 people, of whom 22 were children.

The foodbank urgently needs more stock to meet demand for emergency food and 200 ASDA stores across the UK are taking part in Trussell Trust foodbank collections on August 3.

“Local people and churches have been very generous in donating food,” said Ian Collins McDougall, Wisbech Foodbank food donation co-ordinator. “The number of people coming to the foodbank is increasing every week. We urgently need to increase our stocks to make sure we can continue to feed those who need food parcels in the coming months.

“We are very grateful to Abi Robinson, the manager of Asda at Wisbech, for inviting us to hold this food collection.”

Wisbech foodbank provides three days emergency food to men, women and children in crisis locally. Over 90% of the food given out by foodbanks is donated by the public.

Supermarket collections are one of the main ways that the foodbank is stocked and with the foodbank busier than ever, the charity is asking people to give generously.

“The current economic climate means more and more people are struggling to put food on the table and we really need local people to give what they can,” said Carole McNamara, Wisbech Foodbank manager. “Rising prices, static incomes and high unemployment are having a real impact on people on the breadline and we’re seeing more people turning to the foodbank for help. We want to make sure that no-one in Wisbech is forced to go hungry but to do this we’re urgently asking for help.”

• Volunteers from Wisbech Foodbank will be at Asda from 8am to 4pm on Saturday, August 3.