Thankful representatives from Melton’s food bank Storehouse at the Fox have thanked local schools, churches and businesses who have given harvest festival donations to the project.
Storehouse, at the Fox provides food, clothing and other household items to needy people on a referral basis. It is run by Melton Vineyard Church and supported by Churches Together in Melton.
The foodbank provides bags of high quality, non perishable food and toiletries to families and individuals on low incomes, on state benefits or those struggling in the current recession.
Among the businesses which have supported Storehouse include Melton’s Tesco store where staff recently held a food collection in aid of the project.
The Thorpe Road store gave its customers a shopping list and asked them to buy and donate an item of food on the list.
Thanks to the generosity of staff and shoppers the store managed to donate over £5,000 worth of food to the charity.
The supermarket has also pledged to provide food such as vegetables, mince pies and turkey for Christmas meals in December.
Store manager Calum Telford said: “I’d like to thank all of our customers for their kind response. We have a great relationship with Storehouse and have been supporting them for over a year.
“We are very fortunate to be in a position where we’re able to help and so want to give back to the community.”
Storehouse co-ordinator Francesca Sirel said: “Tesco and their customers have been good to us and we’re really grateful for their generosity.
“I’d also like to thank all the schools and churches in Melton and the surrounding villages who have given their harvest festival donations to Storehouse.
“Whilst all these donations seem a lot. There is an ongoing need for food over the winter period and so we’re always looking to gather extra supplies.”
l For more about Storehouse at the Fox and how you can help visit www.storehousemelton.org.uk