Tesco provides new food bank drop-off point

New Tesco food bank, Ilkeston. Pictured back l-r is David Farnsworth Arena Community, Karen Feeney Personnel manager, Keith Healey, Jay Blake and Sam Cotton. Front is Christine Kennedy and Pam Phillips from Arena Community.
New Tesco food bank, Ilkeston. Pictured back l-r is David Farnsworth Arena Community, Karen Feeney Personnel manager, Keith Healey, Jay Blake and Sam Cotton. Front is Christine Kennedy and Pam Phillips from Arena Community.
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A new quarterly drop-off point launched in Ilkeston is aiming to boost vital donations to the town’s food bank.

Ilkeston Tesco will host a drop-off point once every three months to help collect food for the charity, which is run by the Arena church.

The first one, which ran on Friday and Saturday last week (August 29 and 30), saw a total of 988 items donated.

Lisa Harrison, who runs the Arena food bank, said: “It was amazing, we collected so much. The community really stepped up.”

According to national figures the number of people relying on food banks to survive has tripled over the last year.

Parcels are packaged up to cater for a host of different service users, whether it be for a single parent struggling to feed their children or for elderly people struggling to afford food because of other mounting costs.

To help boost the charity’s stock, any donation, however small it might seem, will all make a difference.

Permanent drop-off points feature in the library and at council offices in Mercian Close.

The date of the next collection at Tesco, planned for November, will be revealed soon.