Big-hearted residents donated half a ton of much-needed supplies to Corby Foodbank when its shelves were almost bare.
It usually hands out between 25 and 30 parcels a week but after an increase in calls, its food stocks were very low.
Louise Taylor, manager of the food bank in Princewood Road, said: “In one week we gave out 50 parcels, many of them to large families, and our shelves ended up bare.
“We were running low and a family of two adults and eight children came for help and that just about cleaned us out.
“I had to go to Asda and buy food.
“We took a picture of the empty shelves on the Friday and put it on our Facebook group page with an appeal for donations and when I checked a few hours later there were dozens of messages from people offering help.
“Donations came from all over Corby and the surrounding area and one person even went to Asda, did a shop and arranged to have it delivered.
“We collected two car-loads of food from the drop-off point at the Cube and Solway Foods in Corby also made a donation.
“We want to thank everyone who helped out. We really do appreciate it.”
People in need are referred to the food bank by other agencies and receive three days’ supply of food.