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Community / Supermarket shoppers donate more than 5,000kg of supplies to foodbank

Shetland Foodbank manager David Grieve. Photos: Sarah Cooper

MORE than 5,000 kilograms of food and toiletries were handed into the Shetland Foodbank by shoppers in Lerwick’s Tesco supermarket during a recent donations drive.

Manager David Grieve said this was enough to support foodbank clients for nearly two months.

Every December in Tesco stores across the country people are invited to donate items of food when they leave.

“The national food collection is always very well supported by Shetlanders and this year was no exception,” Grieve said. 

“Just over 5,000kg of food and toiletries were donated which is about 20 per cent up on the last, pre-Covid, collection in 2019 .

“Volunteers working at the collection were amazed by the generosity shown, especially because of the rising financial pressures that people are facing.”

Grieve felt that people are more willing to offer support because the media have made folk more aware of the need.

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The foodbank, which is part of the UK-wide Trussell Trust network, is also being supported by individuals, businesses, local shops, schools and churches. 

Many are collecting food using the foodbank’s reverse advent calendar as a guide.

Grieve said the foodbank team “really appreciates every donation, large or small”.

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