Donations make a real meal of it

A FLEDGLING charity now has enough food to put about 450 meals on people’s tables thanks to the generosity of the Corby public.

Shoppers at the town’s Asda supermarket on Friday donated 358kg of food and £36 cash to the Corby foodbank to help feed local people facing crisis.

The charity launched in March as a partnership between several Corby churches. It has already distributed more than 262kg of food, which equates to about 360 meals.

The foodbank is based at the Hope Centre, in Princewood Road, on the Earlstrees industrial estate.

People are referred to the service, and a lot of those helped have debt issues or delays to their benefits.

Manager Adam Boud said: “Our criteria is if there is no food, we will feed.

“A lot of churches were doing stuff individually and noticed the demand. As churches we want to look after the poor and feed the hungry and we see this as a practical way of doing this.

“We want to show there is a practical side to the church as well as the other side people see.

“What has really blown us away is the generosity of Corby people. Off the back of the first article in the Evening Telegraph we were inundated with calls and people making donations.

“I think a lot of people realise that one day it could be them, and that resonates with them.”

The foodbank collects tinned and dried food and no individual item costs more than £1. Anyone interested in donating can call 01536 737588 or visit www.corby.foodbank.org.uk.