Big-hearted residents commit to monthly food bank collections

Alistair Gibson and the Reverend Simon Sayers with just part of the large amount of donated food due to be distributed to those in need. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142842-0112)
Alistair Gibson and the Reverend Simon Sayers with just part of the large amount of donated food due to be distributed to those in need. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142842-0112)
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THE huge success of Emsworth’s Food Fortnight has led to a big boost for a local food bank.

In September, Emsworth Business Association organised a host of events to showcase the town’s incredible range of producers and restaurants.

It was part of British Food Fortnight, a campaign to promote independent producers – and Emsworth won the Bring Home the Harvest Award for its efforts.

One of the reasons for the win was the way the event reached out to many parts of the community, which included supporting the Beacon Food Bank.

More than a ton of food was donated throughout the fortnight which ended with a harvest festival.

Following the success of that, the business association has partnered up with Southern Co-operative to establish a monthly food bank collection.

Alistair Gibson, from the association, said: ‘Working with the Southern Co-operative underlines the real community spirit in Emsworth and this initiative shows a true legacy from the all the effort that was put into the success that was the Emsworth British Food Fortnight.’

The collection point will tie-in with Emsworth’s monthly market weekend and will be outside the Co-op on both Saturdays and Sundays. The first is on December 20 and 21.

Ruth Scott, from Beacon Food Bank, which is part of the Beacon Church in the Meridian Centre, Havant, said: ‘We are so pleased that the Southern Co-operative and the Emsworth Business Association has chosen to support Beacon Food Bank each month as regular donations are what we rely on to keep stocks up throughout the year.  

‘Emsworth has such a community spirit and people really showed Emsworth has a heart when they supported us earlier in the autumn with their harvest donations.

‘We see this as a great legacy of our involvement with the Emsworth Food Fortnight and the Emsworth Business Association.’

And Jessica Hughes, from The Co-op, said the company was pleased to be supporting the monthly food collections.

She added: ‘Since we started working with the food bank in Portsmouth in 2011, we have grown our support as local need arises, and now work with 14 food banks across our trading area.’

Last Monday The News launched its Christmas food appeal to help those in need.

Supermarkets have agreed to support the appeal.

All we ask is that you buy an extra item when you go shopping and put it in our trolley on the way out.

Where you can donate


- Sainsbury’s, Farlington

- Asda, Fratton

- Tesco, Crasswell Street

- Morrisons, Anchorage Park

- Morrisons, Victory Retail Park

- Sainsbury’s, Commercial Road

- Salvation Army, Lake Road, Monday - Friday, 10am to 3pm

- Pompey in the Community, Anson Road, Fratton, Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm

- The News, Lakeside, North Harbour


- Morrisons, Horndean

- Asda, Portland Road

- Sainsburys, Hambledon Road (opens on Wednesday)

- Waterlooville Food Bank, Monday - 9.30am to 11.30am, Friday - 12pm to 2pm, Wecock Church, Kite Close


- Asda, Speedfields Park

- Sainsbury’s, Broadcut

- Tesco, Quay Street

- Fareham and Gosport Basics Food Bank, Mon/Wed/Fri - 1pm to 3pm, Aspect House, Westbury Road, Fareham.

- The News, West Street


- Morrisons, Walpole Road

- Tesco, Alver Valley


- Portsdown Community Church, weekday mornings 10am to 12.30pm, The Beacon, 69-73 Meridian Centre, Havant