Supermarket payback

The volunteers helping out at Swindon Foodbank's latest supermarket collection got an extra special gift - when a family who had previously received foodboxes from the charity were able to donate instead.

Swindon Foodbank volunteers were at Sainsburys Bridgemead from 9am till 5pm on Saturday 3rd December, collecting food from busy shoppers on their way out. The collection went really well with a great response from customers giving food listed on the Swindon Foodbank shopping list. The total haul for the day was a fantastic 1.514 tonnes food. But by far the best moment was when a family wheeled up a small trolley full of food. They explained that just last year they had been in a position where they had needed to receive food from the Foodbank. This year they are in a more stable position, and wanted to give food in order to say thank you for the help they had received.

"It was a very special moment," said Richard Belsham, Project Manager. "We're giving food out all the time to people facing crisis in life, and often don't know the end of the story. To see a family doing so well now to be able to give back - that's the happy ending we're always looking for."

Supermarket collections make up a large chunk of the food income which Swindon Foodbank receives; in 2010 it generated nearly 6,000kgs food for the Warehouse. The first collection of 2012 is currently booked for 4th February at Asda Wal-mart. If you would like to help make it a great foundation for the new year, join them from 9am.

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