Generous gifts for Foodbank

Jane Dodd, With food from The Bury Free Press Food bank appeal
Jane Dodd, With food from The Bury Free Press Food bank appeal
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Generous readers and shoppers have been helping supply Bury’s Food Bank through the Bury Free Press Christmas Appeal.

Last weekend Waitrose in Bury collected food items for the appeal and shoppers piled 19 trolleys high with goods with a value of around £2,000.

Jane Gunsman, the store’s community matters’ co-ordinator, said: “It was so lovely to see people giving in this way. I went along to the launch of the foodbank and was so impressed by how it had started.

“The message is about being nice to people. With all the doom and gloom it can get people down but when you see someone like Ernie Broom and what he set in motion, we could do with many more like him.”

Amanda Bloomfield from charity Gatehouse, which is co-ordinating the foodbank, said: “We have had a lot of volunteers helping us and the schools have also been supporting us. We are seeing more customers coming to the foodbank as we approach Christmas.”

The aim of the bank is to provide a 10kg food parcel to last about three days to people who are referred through Social Services or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Please leave your tinned items at the Bury Free Press front office or you can donate at Waitrose this weekend.

Items needed are listed in last week’s Bury Free Press.