The Hinckley Area Foodbank are in need donations from Hinckley residents during the ongoing pandemic.
The Foodbank are still serving the area with essential foods to families and individuals who need help and the service during the lockdown. The service is largely run by volunteers.
Most of the food donated to the Foodbank in the area is gathered from the Foodbank’s collection points around the town in schools, churches and supermarkets.
However, the usual donation points that people use to drop stock to the Foodbank off at are all closed due to the ongoing pandemic.
The Hinckley Foodbank are encouraging residents who have internet access wanting to help out with any donations by using the ‘Donate’ button on their website, located on the top right of their website, which takes users to a donation form.
Alternatively, if you don’t internet access, you can send a cheque, made out to Hinckley Area Foodbank, and send it to the Foodbank Office which is: Hope Community Church, Deveron Way, Hinckley, LE10 0XD.
A spokesperson for the Hinckley Area Foodbank told the Hinckley Free Press: “We thank all our volunteers for their dedication and work for the community.”
Shoppers can still donate food at the in-store Foodbank donation points when they go on their shopping trips for essentials. Supermarkets with donation points include Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
If you are thinking of donating at the supermarket, foods and other goods needed are: Tinned meat and fish, UHT fruit juice and milk, cereals, tinned vegetables, pasta snacks, packet soup, tinned fruit, and disposable nappies (sizes 3 to 6).
A complete list of urgent needs is on the website.
Chair of Foodbank, Colin Figures said: “In these difficult times, the Foodbank service is critical to some of the most disadvantaged in our community.
“We constantly see the generosity of the people of Hinckley and we are asking them again to help us now by making cash donations so we have enough funds to meet needs if they are not able to donate food at our supermarket collection points.”
Ann Ward, Councillor for Clarendon Ward in Hinckley, praised the volunteers during this time.
Ward said: “The amazing volunteers at Hinckley’s Foodbanks continue to work, placing the needs of the people of Hinckley before their own.
“While people are now isolating and fewer are working full time, this has impacted on the donations being made to the local food banks.
“Donations can be left at Asda, Morrison, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.”