Generous Deeside shoppers got into the spirit of the season by donating nearly two tons of food to help the hungry.
Aberdeenshire South Foodbank (ASFB) organisers were “delighted and grateful” to the many generous shoppers who filled trolley after trolley during Tesco’s foodbank collection recently.
This was ASFB’s second experience of the nationwide supermarket collection, and volunteers were fielded at the store in Banchory.
Tesco provided publicity, leaflets, and staff to help volunteers collect food.
Don Morrison, project manager of ASFB said: “We were humbled by the generosity of so many shoppers, who were happy to work from our suggested ‘shopping list’ and contribute individual items or several bags of non-perishable food,
“We collected a staggering amount of food – approximately 2000 kg! We are extremely grateful to Tesco for all their co-operation and support.”
In addition to organising the nationwide semi-annual event, Tesco tops up total donations by a further 30% on a cash card, to be spent on additional items which may be required. These may include baby food or nappies, or foods for certain dietary requirements.
ASFB is based in Banchory and works on a voucher system.
Those who find themselves in a crisis situation for whatever reason, and have no money for food to feed themselves or their families, are urged to contact their local frontline services, such as social workers, doctors, Home Start or their minister, who can give them a voucher, which can be exchanged for three days’ worth of food.
“The huge amount of food collected demonstrates the compassion and caring of the community in which we live,” Don added.