Donations from shoppers in a Northamptonshire town have have helped The Midcounties Co-operative donate products to the local food bank in the past twelve months.
The society currently supports more than 40 food banks across the town, which is around 10 percent of those operating in the UK, helping to provide essential food items to ensure people in local communities can feed themselves and their families.
Designated boxes have been located in more than 120 of The Midcounties Co-operative Food stores, including the Towcester and Watling Street stores in Northamptonshire, to encourage customers to contribute any extra items from their shopping trip.
Colleagues and members have also been encouraged to give up their time to volunteer with the Towcester food bank in the area, providing the staff working there with additional support. The food bank programme is part of the society’s commitment to help develop sustainable communities and fight food poverty.
Phillip Johnson, store manager at The Midcounties Co-operative’s Towcester Store, said: “We have had a fantastic response from the local community, who have really got behind the food bank scheme and been extremely generous with their donations.
“Food shortages are a real issue effecting communities nationwide, including here in Northamptonshire, and we are really pleased to be able to help such an important cause. We now look forward to continuing our relationship with our local food banks, and are aiming to build on the success so far and increase our contributions over the coming months,” he added.