Food Bank launched to feed needy off to ‘phenomenal’ start

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AN initiative at Bulwell’s Tesco superstore to help poverty-stricken people met with a ‘phenomenal’ response.

Shoppers supported an appeal by donating an incredible 650 kilos of food in a single day.

The idea came from the Rev Andy Morris, vicar at St Matthew’s Church on Bestwood Estate and St Philip’s Church, Top Valley, who was backed by a team of about 30 volunteers.

While doing their shopping at Tesco, customers were encouraged to buy items on a list displayed at the door of the premises to donate to a Bestwood and Bulwell Food Bank.

The food received by the team comprised mainly pasta, meat and cereals plus about 40 kilos of baked beans.

“We are looking at doing regular collections of this kind at local supermarkets,” said Andy.

“We have also invited different agencies to become partners in a voucher distribution system for food we receive. A meeting for this purpose will be held next Wednesday.”

Andy previously cycled 145 miles from Cumbria to Sunderland to raise money for the food bank.

“It is vital that something is done because the depth of poverty among people in Bulwell and on Bestwood Estate is quite unbelievable,” he said.

n OUR PHOTO shows volunteers (from left), Nigel Webster, Jackie Oldfield, Annie Edis, Denise Mead, Amy Mead, Ron Wright and Katie Oldfield at the Tesco collection — DISPIC NHUD12-1615-1