Big-hearted shoppers donate nearly two-and-a-half tonnes to Kinson food bank in two days

Mark Pearce, chairman of the Kinson Community Food Bank steering committee, with some of the food donated

Mark Pearce, chairman of the Kinson Community Food Bank steering committee, with some of the food donated

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GENEROUS shoppers astounded Kinson Community Food Bank volunteers during a two-day donation drive in Poole at the weekend.

Those helping to man the collection point at the Sainsbury’s in Alder Hills were given almost two-and-a-half tonnes of goods in less than 24 hours during the initiative.

They had been told to expect around three-and-a-half tonnes over the course of 12 months.

Mark Pearce, chair of the food bank’s steering committee, said: “We arranged 14 collections over the course of a year at Sainsbury’s, and were told to expect that figure in 12 months.

“We were being a bit optimistic, and thought we’d get that by around August time, but we were absolutely amazed when we were given 2.4 tonnes in just two days. It was astonishing.”

Those doing their weekly shop at the superstore bought tinned and dried products for the appeal, as well as nappies, baby food, shampoo and toothpaste.

Mr Pearce said: “In the end, we discovered around 5,500 items had been donated.

“We would like to thank everyone who contributed, as well as the staff at Sainsbury’s and our volunteers from the congregation at St Andrew’s in Kinson, Urban Ripple and the North Bournemouth Rotary Club.”

“We were visited by some people who had used the food bank previously themselves, and they gave us a whole carrier bag of items,” he said.

“One person brought a whole trolley of food over for us.

“Some of the volunteers collecting the items cried because of how wonderfully generous people were.”

• For more information or to volunteer, visit www.standrewskinson.org or call 01202 570010.

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6:41am Wed 26 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

It's nice to know that the common man feels that we are indeed "all in this together" .......... pity we can't say the same for our Government. those in power just simply don't have a clue about how their policies are affecting people - and what is more, when they sit their quaffing away at their subsidised canteen lunches costing more than £40 per MEAL, little do their care that some people have less than that amount to live on per WEEK after paying bills etc.

I for one am lucky not to have ever needed the use of food banks, but I will certainly remember those who DO need them when it comes to election time next year :o/
It's nice to know that the common man feels that we are indeed "all in this together" .......... pity we can't say the same for our Government. those in power just simply don't have a clue about how their policies are affecting people - and what is more, when they sit their quaffing away at their subsidised canteen lunches costing more than £40 per MEAL, little do their care that some people have less than that amount to live on per WEEK after paying bills etc. I for one am lucky not to have ever needed the use of food banks, but I will certainly remember those who DO need them when it comes to election time next year :o/ we-shall-see
  • Score: 12

7:32am Wed 26 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

I was in a Spar shop the other day when I over heard the lady who works there saying she got her food from the food bank, is this how it should work? Surely if in need she can have the Spar food prior to the expiry date,
I was in a Spar shop the other day when I over heard the lady who works there saying she got her food from the food bank, is this how it should work? Surely if in need she can have the Spar food prior to the expiry date, cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 10

7:38am Wed 26 Feb 14

wilkiemini says...

I find it shocking that the big supermarkets are not donating waste food straight to food banks.....or better still setting up a food bank at the supermarket
Cut through the red tape and do something to help the many families who often through no fault of their own fall in hard times......millions of pounds of food goes in the bin when people are hungry...when will this stop????
I find it shocking that the big supermarkets are not donating waste food straight to food banks.....or better still setting up a food bank at the supermarket Cut through the red tape and do something to help the many families who often through no fault of their own fall in hard times......millions of pounds of food goes in the bin when people are hungry...when will this stop???? wilkiemini
  • Score: 3

8:07am Wed 26 Feb 14

djd says...

Foodbanks today are a fact of life I'm afraid. The Trussell Trust open a new Foodbank every week, and that is just one organisation.
The lady in Spar who gets her food from the Foodbank is probably on the minimum wage and is unable to make ends meet. That would qualify her for food from the Foodbank.
I would like to remind people that the Foodbank is only a stop gap, it's not there to replace your weekly shop. People find themselves in circumstances where they may have no money, where their benefits are delayed and even in domestic situations where perhaps they have left a violent relationship and have no money. These are the type of situations that foodbanks deal with day after day.
It's great to see the response from shoppers, such a shame that foodbanks have to exist at all.
Foodbanks today are a fact of life I'm afraid. The Trussell Trust open a new Foodbank every week, and that is just one organisation. The lady in Spar who gets her food from the Foodbank is probably on the minimum wage and is unable to make ends meet. That would qualify her for food from the Foodbank. I would like to remind people that the Foodbank is only a stop gap, it's not there to replace your weekly shop. People find themselves in circumstances where they may have no money, where their benefits are delayed and even in domestic situations where perhaps they have left a violent relationship and have no money. These are the type of situations that foodbanks deal with day after day. It's great to see the response from shoppers, such a shame that foodbanks have to exist at all. djd
  • Score: 9

8:34am Wed 26 Feb 14

TheDistrict says...

We donated a bag of groceries to the Food Bank at Sainsburys last weekend. However, we are left with an unanswered question. Why. Why should the nation be doing this to hide the fact that the government allows this to happen in our country. Allows people to either starve or depend on Food Banks. Yet can hand out billions of pounds in aid to foreign countries, such as the Philipines who were flooded. So was Somerset, Cornwall, Wales, Sussex, Surrye and Kent, what do they get. Around £5k per house, and a bag of shopping. Please do not get me wrong, I agree with Food Banks and the support they give to the needy, but again, Why is this happening in the UK.
We donated a bag of groceries to the Food Bank at Sainsburys last weekend. However, we are left with an unanswered question. Why. Why should the nation be doing this to hide the fact that the government allows this to happen in our country. Allows people to either starve or depend on Food Banks. Yet can hand out billions of pounds in aid to foreign countries, such as the Philipines who were flooded. So was Somerset, Cornwall, Wales, Sussex, Surrye and Kent, what do they get. Around £5k per house, and a bag of shopping. Please do not get me wrong, I agree with Food Banks and the support they give to the needy, but again, Why is this happening in the UK. TheDistrict
  • Score: 13

11:30am Wed 26 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

Food banks also encourage the greedy.
Food banks also encourage the greedy. pete woodley
  • Score: -4

11:49am Wed 26 Feb 14

EddieVH says...

Perhaps as a gesture of goodwill to the community, the new Tesco opening in Kinson could agree to make a regular donation to the Kinson food bank?

It would hardly make a dent in their very healthy profits.
Perhaps as a gesture of goodwill to the community, the new Tesco opening in Kinson could agree to make a regular donation to the Kinson food bank? It would hardly make a dent in their very healthy profits. EddieVH
  • Score: 8

12:20pm Wed 26 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

wilkiemini wrote:
I find it shocking that the big supermarkets are not donating waste food straight to food banks.....or better still setting up a food bank at the supermarket
Cut through the red tape and do something to help the many families who often through no fault of their own fall in hard times......millions of pounds of food goes in the bin when people are hungry...when will this stop????
Waste food cannot be given away. Due to the asinine rules in this country anything deemed unfit for sale or past the stupid 'best before' date has to be destroyed. Anyone giving it away will be subject to prosecution, and now companies are going to the extent of deliberately spoiling such foods just ot be on the safe side. Madness.
[quote][p][bold]wilkiemini[/bold] wrote: I find it shocking that the big supermarkets are not donating waste food straight to food banks.....or better still setting up a food bank at the supermarket Cut through the red tape and do something to help the many families who often through no fault of their own fall in hard times......millions of pounds of food goes in the bin when people are hungry...when will this stop????[/p][/quote]Waste food cannot be given away. Due to the asinine rules in this country anything deemed unfit for sale or past the stupid 'best before' date has to be destroyed. Anyone giving it away will be subject to prosecution, and now companies are going to the extent of deliberately spoiling such foods just ot be on the safe side. Madness. speedy231278
  • Score: 1

2:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ScottiePoole says...

Why don't supermarkets have one day a year when instead of giving customers a BOGOF offer and give the free what ever it is to these charities. I did exactly that at Sainsburys this weekend , anything that was on offer for get one free e.g 3 for 2 on noodles I gave my extra one to the food bank as unfortunately I have to work on a really tight budget ,so by doing it this way my end bill was no more expensive.
Why don't supermarkets have one day a year when instead of giving customers a BOGOF offer and give the free what ever it is to these charities. I did exactly that at Sainsburys this weekend , anything that was on offer for get one free e.g 3 for 2 on noodles I gave my extra one to the food bank as unfortunately I have to work on a really tight budget ,so by doing it this way my end bill was no more expensive. ScottiePoole
  • Score: 8

4:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

suzigirl says...

Food bank users should have to prove that they have not used their "dole" money buying fags and booze and drugs!
Food bank users should have to prove that they have not used their "dole" money buying fags and booze and drugs! suzigirl
  • Score: 2

4:56pm Wed 26 Feb 14

djd says...

pete woodley wrote:
Food banks also encourage the greedy.
You obviously have never had to use a food bank. Think yourself lucky and hope that you never have to.
The people I have seen in the food bank are desperate, not greedy!!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Food banks also encourage the greedy.[/p][/quote]You obviously have never had to use a food bank. Think yourself lucky and hope that you never have to. The people I have seen in the food bank are desperate, not greedy!! djd
  • Score: 2

6:34pm Wed 26 Feb 14

rozmister says...

speedy231278 wrote:
wilkiemini wrote:
I find it shocking that the big supermarkets are not donating waste food straight to food banks.....or better still setting up a food bank at the supermarket
Cut through the red tape and do something to help the many families who often through no fault of their own fall in hard times......millions of pounds of food goes in the bin when people are hungry...when will this stop????
Waste food cannot be given away. Due to the asinine rules in this country anything deemed unfit for sale or past the stupid 'best before' date has to be destroyed. Anyone giving it away will be subject to prosecution, and now companies are going to the extent of deliberately spoiling such foods just ot be on the safe side. Madness.
Food past its best before date doesn't have to be destroyed. It can sold well past its best before providing consumers are made aware. Best before indicates that the product may not be at its best after that date but is still perfectly safe to eat. You can find food past its best before for sale in most retailers reduced section and also from specialist companies online such as Approved Foods.

Food past its use by date must be destroyed after it passes that date as it isn't thought to be safe to eat. It's normally things like meat, fish & dairy.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wilkiemini[/bold] wrote: I find it shocking that the big supermarkets are not donating waste food straight to food banks.....or better still setting up a food bank at the supermarket Cut through the red tape and do something to help the many families who often through no fault of their own fall in hard times......millions of pounds of food goes in the bin when people are hungry...when will this stop????[/p][/quote]Waste food cannot be given away. Due to the asinine rules in this country anything deemed unfit for sale or past the stupid 'best before' date has to be destroyed. Anyone giving it away will be subject to prosecution, and now companies are going to the extent of deliberately spoiling such foods just ot be on the safe side. Madness.[/p][/quote]Food past its best before date doesn't have to be destroyed. It can sold well past its best before providing consumers are made aware. Best before indicates that the product may not be at its best after that date but is still perfectly safe to eat. You can find food past its best before for sale in most retailers reduced section and also from specialist companies online such as Approved Foods. Food past its use by date must be destroyed after it passes that date as it isn't thought to be safe to eat. It's normally things like meat, fish & dairy. rozmister
  • Score: 3

9:28pm Wed 26 Feb 14

blackdog1 says...

Food banks? What on earth are the people spending their benefit money on?
They get free money and now they get free food! Brilliant.......why bother working?
Food banks? What on earth are the people spending their benefit money on? They get free money and now they get free food! Brilliant.......why bother working? blackdog1
  • Score: 0

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