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All-day collection at Brighton Hill store
GENEROUS shoppers at a Basingstoke supermarket filled the trolleys of a food bank charity with thousands of pounds worth of items.
The all-day collection at Asda, in Brighton Hill, in aid of Basingstoke Foodbank brought in 2,200 items worth nearly £3,000.
Julie Gary, community life champion for the supermarket, said one shopper had even gone off to fill three carrier bags with items before donating them.
The day was part of an Asda national collection day for Trussell Trust-connected food banks.
Noel Matthews, from the Basingstoke branch of the charity, said: “It was a great success.
“Donations amounted to over 1.7 metric tons, with a value of about £2,850, for which we are very grateful to both Asda and the local community in Brighton Hill.”
Basingstoke Foodbank is run by volunteers from more than 30 Basingstoke churches, and is overseen by Trussell Trust, which is now involved in more than 300 food banks across the country.
The food bank started at Trinity Methodist Church, in Sarum Hill, and the Basingstoke service has helped |people in crisis and in need of food.
It follows a strict set of rules, which allow it only to provide food for three days.
Food is given in an emergency, rather than as a long-term solution, and those who visit the bank are informed of agencies which can help them with their longer-term problems.
Only those issued with a voucher, from care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and the police, can receive food.
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