Food bank collection in Wellingborough Tesco

Richard Garvie (foodbank collector) Kevin Watts (volunteer collector) and Steve Mawditt (store manager)
Richard Garvie (foodbank collector) Kevin Watts (volunteer collector) and Steve Mawditt (store manager)
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Shoppers have helped provide a lifeline to those in need by making a donation from their own trolley.

A team of volunteers gave up their time to collect donations on Saturday and Sunday at the Victoria Park Tesco store for the Wellingborough and District Food Bank, which is run by the Daylight Centre in High Street in the town.

Manager of the Daylight Centre Fellowship Paul Adams said: “The event went really well, we were very pleased with what we received.

“People were really generous and really wanted to support the local charity.”

Anyone in need of food can be referred to the charity by a number of agencies in the district and then their needs are assessed and verified.

The charity makes up food packs for single people, couples and families as well as packs for those with specific dietary requirements, such as someone with diabetes.

The packs provide three days’ worth of food.

Mr Adams said they give out about 100 food parcels a month to people who have found themselves without the means to feed themselves.

He said: “For whatever reason their circumstances have put them in a situation where they can’t eat.

“This enables them to get over that and then they are up and running again.”

The DCF is an independent charity which tries to help people in Wellingborough and the surrounding area to meet personal challenges which could be complex mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, learning difficulties, homelessness or just feeling fragile, isolated and alone.

But the charity can’t do this without people’s support.

Mr Adams said: “If people are looking to donate food, it’s probably best to go on our Facebook page or our website where they will find a list of what we need.

“We don’t want things we can’t use, or sometimes we are particularly short of one thing.

“People can just bring it down to the centre or if they want to make a financial donation, they are welcome to do that. We are just really grateful.

“Whether it’s a tin or packet, every single item will go to feed somebody in need.”

For more details follow them on Twitter or on Facebook.

How you can help

If you were unable to make a donation at Tesco at the weekend but want to help, you can still do so.

Donations can be dropped off at the Daylight Centre in High Street, Wellingborough, Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm.

For more details go to www.daylightcf.org.