Food bank volunteers ‘overwhelmed’ by generosity

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“OVERWHELMED” food bank staff have won a healthy serving of generosity from caring residents.

Washington Food Bank, based at Oxclose Church on Brancepeth Road, has seen a surge in donations from the public this month.

Andrew Hoseason, secretary of Washington Community Food Project, based at Oxclose Church, stacking shelves after being inundated by donations during Harverst Festiavl

Andrew Hoseason, secretary of Washington Community Food Project, based at Oxclose Church, stacking shelves after being inundated by donations during Harverst Festiavl

Schools, businesses and members of the community have been chipping in, to give a vital helping hand to those in need.

The hard-working band of volunteers are delighted to be able to harvest much-needed support.

Volunteers say Harvest Festival celebrations have been a key ingredient in the box loads of encouragement they have received.

Sheelagh Aston, who is the vicar at Oxclose Church and chairwoman of the food bank steering group, said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of local people, businesses and schools.

“The schools have been ringing in and telling us they have items from Harvest Festival events and offering to donate them.

“There has been a significant increase in the amount of food we have had donated to us. We have about double what we would normally have.

“We really want to say a big thank you to all the schools and people in the community who have donated to us.” Rev Aston says she and fellow food bank volunteers are hugely appreciative of the fact so many residents have given so freely – at a time when financial belts are often tightened with Christmas on the horizon.

Among the goods swelling the bank have been tinned vegetables, soups, beans, pasta, rice and tea.

As the organisation is volunteer- run, donations are relied upon to help make sure much-needed food relief is delivered to individuals and households.

The Washington Food Bank was set up in March 2013 and has drop-off points at Asda, the Galleries Library and Blue House Lane Pharmacy. For more information, visit www.wcfp.org.uk or email washingtoncfp@gmail.com.

DISHING OUT HELP... Andrew Hoseason, secretary of Washington Community Food Project, based at Oxclose Church, stacking shelves after being inundated by donations during Harvest Festival