IT’S a record! Redditch Foodbank collected a record amount of food at its pre-Christmas collection at Tesco Extra last weekend, all down to the incredible generosity of Redditch people.
Standard reporter Harry Leach joined the team on Friday, November 22 to see them in action, and this is his report:
OUR mission was to encourage shoppers to donate to the foodbank as they entered the Coldfield Drive store.
We handed out hundreds of leaflets containing suitable food and drink items which visitors could buy as extras as they wandered up and down the aisles.
These were things most people take for granted – teas, coffees, soups, tinned fruit, vegetables and so on.
But to someone in crisis, perhaps a homeless person or a family trying to get by, such donations really can make all the difference.
And I can honestly say it genuinely filled me with joy to see so many residents engaged with their local foodbank.
One kind-hearted soul donated a trolley full of goods, leading a volunteer to ask in astonishment – ‘is this really all for us?’.
For every two people who appeared completely disinterested, 20 others would come along and remind you why you’re volunteering in the first place.
It all paid off too; Redditch Foodbank’s manager, Laura Kyte, has revealed that over the weekend more than 2.6 tonnes of food and drink items were donated.
That is an incredible amount and beats last year’s Tesco food-drive total by quite a margin.
As the festive season approaches, and we begin to put up our trees and turn tuck into our advent calendars, this kind of generosity is a good reminder of what Christmas is truly all about.