Food for the needy

HELPING OUT From left, Martin Mant, project manager for the Portsmouth Food Bank, Linvoy Primus, Mark Smith, chief executive for Southern Co-operative, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson and, front, Gillian Breach, head volunteer at the Portsmouth Food Bank.    Picture: Sarah Standing (110577-3760)
HELPING OUT From left, Martin Mant, project manager for the Portsmouth Food Bank, Linvoy Primus, Mark Smith, chief executive for Southern Co-operative, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson and, front, Gillian Breach, head volunteer at the Portsmouth Food Bank. Picture: Sarah Standing (110577-3760)

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A SCHEME has been launched to help needy families in Portsmouth.

Food bins will be placed at two stores in the city, to collect non-perishable food for people in financial difficulty.

The Co-operative’s Elm Grove and Eastney Road stores will host the collection points and will also donate food. It will be packaged into parcels containing three days worth of food, which will be handed to people via Portsmouth Food Bank.

The scheme was launched this week by a group, including Pompey star Linvoy Primus.

Project manager Martin Mant said: ‘Last year we had about 1,800 people access the food bank. But this was about 350 more people than the year before and we can only see more people using our services due to the economic climate.’