Shoppers donate two tonnes of goods to foodbank

By Rob Virtue on December 17, 2012 12:10 PM |

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The Christmas spirit is well and truly alive in east London with shoppers donating food to feed thousands of people in need.

Tower Hamlets Foodbank held events at the Waitrose stores in Canary Wharf and St Katherine Docks last weekend - and collected over two tonnes worth of goods.

The foodbank's manager Denise Bentley said: "I was blown away by the generosity of Waitrose customers especially in these torrid economic times.

"It was clear that people's hearts were touched as we engaged with them to try and give an understanding about the type of crisis people are facing within the borough."

The foodbank operates in partnership with fellow charities and social workers to help identify families in need of help.

Collections are regularly held at Waitrose where shoppers donate food to the group.

Hampers will be made up this Christmas and sent to many families in east London.

Since the launch of the service two years ago, the foodbank has given out emergency donations to 2,800 people in the borough, with just under half of those children.

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Those helped include victims of domestic abuse to those who have lost their jobs and are waiting to be assessed for benefits.

Denise added: "We cannot do this without the generous donations from our customers and the dedicated effort of our volunteers.

"I am really overwhelmed and very grateful. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the students from Halley Primary School who joined us on the day, everyone was inspired by how they served and how they performed really well."

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