Crowdfunding quest to help foodbanks exceeds target

A new foodbank in North End Baptist church was recently opened due to demand
A new foodbank in North End Baptist church was recently opened due to demand
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Portsmouth resident Anna Thomas has exceeded all expectations for raising money for foodbanks in and around the city.

Her crowdfunding campaign, which runs until tomorrow, has exceeded the £250 target and raised £280 as part of the Portsmouth Foodbank Raise campaign.

After previously donating to foodbanks at King’s Church, Somers Road, Anna 
realised how in­ demand food was and decided to start raising awareness and funds herself.

Anna said: ‘Feedback from volunteers was that food banks are regularly running out of items to supply those in need of food and this made me want to help the food banks more.’

After a slow start mainly gaining donations from family and friends, the appeal managed to catch the attention of others who were more than happy to donate to the cause.

Anna took to Facebook to raise awareness for the appeal, which led to her successfully reaching her £250 target in seven days.

She added: ‘The comments and pledges have been lovely. It’s a big achievement to reach out to people you don’t know and have their support on this.

‘Although money goes a long way, I want to contribute further by buying and delivering supplies to them as they’re already doing a fantastic job.’

With 13 million people in the UK living below the poverty line, more than 400 foodbanks help to provide a minimum of three days emergency food to local people in crisis.

This highlights the importance of the foodbanks and what Anna hopes to achieve in raising the funds.

They have a fresh stock of food which they distribute regularly, but are often running out of essentials like long life milk, tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes and sugar among others.

The donations that Anna has raised and received from other people will help them to continue their work.

Donations are still coming in. For further information go to the Facebook page at facebook.com/events/521407381345945/..