Every little helps Deepings as ‘incredibly generous’ shoppers support foodbank appeal

Volunteers from Deepings Foodbank at Tesco Superstore,  Market Deeping, for their annual Christmas collection with store staff and volunteers  Catrheryn Seale, Janis Hewitt and Ben Rowe. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Volunteers from Deepings Foodbank at Tesco Superstore, Market Deeping, for their annual Christmas collection with store staff and volunteers Catrheryn Seale, Janis Hewitt and Ben Rowe. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Generous shoppers in the Deepings have given the 2015 Christmas Foodbank Appeal a massive lift by donating more than one-and-a-half tonnes of food to the needy.

Families doing their Christmas shopping at Tesco Superstore in Market Deeping were more than happy to cheer up volunteers from the area’s foodbank with donations of tinned food and Christmas items for crisis-hit people in the area.

Although we’re only open two days a week, this equates to feeding three people a day which is quite a considerable number for a place of the Deepings’ size.

Janis Hewitt of Deepings Foodbank

Donations made at the three-day collection, from Thursday to Saturday last week, were sorted by volunteers at Market Deeping Scout and Guide HQ on Monday ready to be put in food hampers to be delivered to homes in the town, Deeping St James, Deeping St Nicholas and West Deeping.

Foodbank co-ordinator Janis Hewitt said: “We collected 1,650kgs of donations and Tesco donated quite a lot of food as well which was incredibly generous of them.

“The foodbank has become increasingly busy coming up to Christmas as a lot of houses are being built in the Deepings.”

Deepings Foodbank is based at The Deepings School, Deeping St James, where it opens two days a week on Mondaya and Fridays between 4pm and 6pm.

Since April this year, the foodbank has helped 260 people of which 124 were children and 136 were adults.

Richard Trow, headteacher at The Deepings School, said: “We are very pleased to continue supporting Deepings Foodbank by providing them with the use of our facilities outside of school hours on Mondays and Fridays.

“It is entirely appropriate that the school works in partnership with local groups, such as the foodbank, to offer assistance to our wider community.

“We are very grateful for the work undertaken by the dedicated and professional volunteers at the foodbank and thank them for their commitment and ongoing hard work for the residents of the Deepings.”

Janis added: “We are getting families in that want to buy more treats for their children and we always think that, although we’re only open two days a week, it equates to feeding three people a day which is quite a considerable number for a place of the Deepings’ size.

“We are so grateful to Tesco Superstore, Market Deeping, whose staff made it so easy for us and did everything to help us in every way possible.”