MORE and more hungry families are walking miles through the rain and cold to collect basic provisions from the MK Food Bank, the charity has revealed.
Now volunteers are gearing up to make sure shelves are stocked for a long, hard winter.
“This is our toughest season,” said spokesman Rebecca Savage. “The winter always sees an increase in food parcels being given out as people are faced with higher heating and lighting bills.”
Rebecca is hoping for a welcome boost during harvest festival celebrations, when many schools and churches donate their collections to the charity.
Meanwhile, Wolverton-based Lebanese and Indian restaurant VerandahTalk raised an impressive £464 for the Food Bank with a recent charity event.
The restaurant laid on an evening of live music and food that was “second to naan,” said owner Taj Raja.
“Thanks to MKFM and Real music MK who provided the entertainment, and thanks to all who joined us and helped us to raise so much for such a great cause,” he said.
This weekend there is a chance for Sainsbury’s shoppers to do their bit for the Food Bank during the national Million Meal appeal organised by FairShare.
Last year the appeal amassed enough for 1.2 million meals all over the country.
Sainsbury’s in CMK and Bletchley are donating all food collected to the MK Food Bank.
But volunteers are needed to help collect over the two days, particularly on Sunday.
Anybody who can help should sign up via www.fairshare.org.uk.
Help or donations to the Food Bank itself can be offered through the charity’s website www.mkfoodbank.org.uk