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Foodbank is hoping to beat 1.1-tonne collection total

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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HELSTON'S Mustard Seed project is hoping local people will again be generous as it holds its second collection for its new foodbank on Saturday.

The bank, serving Helston and the Lizard, was started in the town earlier this year.

As part of a nationwide initiative, the Helston branch of Tesco is staging a collection for the foodbank this weekend.

Mustard Seed volunteers will be at the store on Saturday from 9am to 6pm to receive donations of non-perishable items bought in the store, and to answer questions visitors may have concerning the operation and objectives of the foodbank.

Donations of food can also be made on Sunday.

Suggested items include sugar (500g ) cartons of long-life fruit juice, tinned soup, meat, fish, fruit, tomatoes, vegetables or rice pudding and instant mash or tinned potatoes. However, all non-perishable items are acceptable, including festive foods.

Arthur Jackson, a director of Mustard Seed, said: "Tesco are generously offering to donate 30 per cent of the value of the weight of the food collected to enable the foodbank to acquire further supplies for the needy in coming weeks."

Trolleys

The first collection took place at Tesco in September when generous local folk gave 1.1 tonnes of food equivalent to 43 full trolleys.

"It's hoped the renowned generosity and public-spiritedness of local residents will enable this total to be exceeded as they prepare for their Christmas celebration," he said.

Since the Helston Foodbank joined the nationwide chain overseen by the Trussell Trust in May 160 boxes of food – rations for three days – have been distributed via Mustard Seed's Open Door café in Wendron Street to those who, often through no fault of their own, find themselves not knowing where their next meal will come from.

Many are referred by GPs, the police, children's centres and the Jobcentre, and most find themselves in need due to sudden unemployment, domestic breakdown or delayed benefit cheques.

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