Call for more items to be donated to food banks in emergency appeal



More than 30,000 items have been donated to an emergency appeal to help food banks – including those in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford.

Food banks are seeing around a 50 per cent fall in donations coupled with a 100 per cent rise in requests for food parcels – according to Central England Co-op, who launched the a campaign.

Many of the new enquiries are coming from people who are self-isolating, self-employed and families with children who would normally be getting free school meals.

Local food banks being supported by the campaign in Staffordshire include House of Bread.

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Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive, said: “Our communities continue to do us proud and support this vital food bank appeal.

“Our food bank partners are working around the clock to react to a rise in demand and we can all support in our own little way by donating an item or two so they can carry on their great work during these uncertain times.”

The Co-op said items that are needed include cereal, tinned food and fruit, tea bags, dried pasta, rice, long life milk, sugar, biscuits, fruit juice and squash, pasta sauce and instant coffee.

Donations are being collected up from stores in the area and used to create food parcels, each containing around 11 items providing at least three days’ of meals for those who need them.

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