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Christchurch Food Bank inundated with support after appeal to restock shelves

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A FOOD bank which issued an appeal after its shelves almost ran empty due to an increase in demand has thanked the “wonderful community” for their donations.

Christchurch Food Bank took to social media last week to say it was desperate for supplies.

Photographs showed the shelves at the base in Purewell Road with barely any goods and some items, such as squash, pasta and tinned foods, completely run out.

The shelves were becoming bare prior to the appeal (54892535)
The shelves were becoming bare prior to the appeal (54892535)

The appeal said: “Please help. Our shelves are looking empty. As we help lots of new faces in our community it’s taking a huge toll on our stock. Christmas generosity has stopped [and] we are desperate for everything.”

However, in just 48 hours locals rallied round and an update from the organisation on Facebook said: “Wow! Our hearts are humbled and our eyes filled with tears at the generosity of so many.

"After our appeal we were inundated with offers to support, people turning up with [car] boots full of food, people walking down and bringing in a tin… [It was] like Christmas.

"Most importantly, all our visitors left with food. What a wonderful community – thank you.”

Donations can be taken directly to the food bank or dropped off at Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in Christchurch as well as to the Co-op in Highcliffe. Christchurch and Highcliffe libraries also accept donations.

Items which are regularly needed include UHT milk, fruit juice or squash, pasta sauce jars, tinned hot dogs or meatballs, custard and rice pudding, soup, coffee and tea, crisps and chocolate bars.

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