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Otley shoppers thanked for foodbank help
9:22am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
Otley Foodbank has thanked shoppers for showing “overwhelming” generosity.
The scheme’s steering committee also praised staff at Waitrose Otley for their help during the first supermarket collection last weekend.
Customers were invited to buy extra items to donate during their shop and the store put up a display of suitable goods for guidance.
Now Waitrose is helping again by having foodbanks as one of the good causes shoppers can vote for through Community Matters – its monthly green token-based initiative that gives a share of £1,000 to three beneficiaries.
A team of of 30 volunteers did two- hour shifts last Saturday and Sunday supporting the collection, handing out leaflets that explained the purpose of the foodbank and what it needs.
The steering committee believes about 15 food parcels a week are currently needed in the town, a figure expected to rise as benefits changes start to bite.
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