Supermarket’s donation to Havant food bank

COLLECTION Elizabeth Ascua, Kathy Heidstrom, Steve Horton, Kevin Dirrane, Chris White, Ruth Scott, Kay Ellwood and Waitrose manager Tony Robert
COLLECTION Elizabeth Ascua, Kathy Heidstrom, Steve Horton, Kevin Dirrane, Chris White, Ruth Scott, Kay Ellwood and Waitrose manager Tony Robert

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IT will make the world of difference to hard-working volunteers at a Havant food bank.

For months, people have had to struggle to lug around bags of tins, boxes and jars at The Beacon food bank, which is under increasing demand this year.

But Waitrose in Havant has come to the rescue.

Ruth Scott, community manager, explained: ‘A trolley may seem a strange thing to give, but we are very grateful that Waitrose responded to our request for help as we move a lot of food around and it seems to get heavier as we go along!

‘We give out about 20 hampers a week now and the packing and sorting is more physical than you think.

‘Our volunteers asked for this and Waitrose have come to our aid.’

The supermarket has also supported the church charity with food donations.

Mrs Scott added: ‘Waitrose also holds regular donation weeks in store to support us, when customers and staff can purchase food for the food bank and place it in the marked trolley next to customer services.’

A donation week at the store in North Street is planned for the week beginning December 7.

The Beacon provides hampers for residents of Havant borough in times of financial crisis.

Recipients must be referred by a recognised charity or support worker.