PEOPLE in Swadlincote are being urged to give what they can in a drive to try to fill the shelves of the town’s food bank.
More than 100 shoe boxes full of food have already been collected by the town’s branch of the Derbyshire Building Society, as customers bring in items to help those in the town who are most in need.
One woman filled nine of the boxes with the amount of food she took to the branch in The Delph Centre, but staff are seeking more donations to try to boost supplies as much as possible.
Branch manager Daniel Barnes, who has coordinated the appeal, said he came up with the idea after doing a similar thing with the 1st Gresley Scout Group.
He said: “It mortified me when I went in to the one in Swadlincote. It’s something that’s right on my doorstep, and they only work on donations, and we want to do something good in the community.”
The appeal has been launched at the 27 branches of the Derbyshire Building Society around the country, with each collecting around 100 boxes.
The aim is to collect 100 shoeboxes full of items by the end of November, which will then hopefully be shared between a number of sites around the county – from Glossop in the north, right down to Swadlincote.
Although the Swadlincote branch has already hit its target, staff are hoping people will continue to donate.
Mr Barnes said: “I am amazed at how much help has been offered and how much stuff has been donated. People are just seeing the food in the window and coming in to see what they can do.”
The appeal comes after it was revealed that the demand for food banks in this area had reached ‘manic’ levels.
Bosses at the YMCA and Salvation Army warned there was now unprecedented pressure for handouts from families living below the breadline.
Earlier this week, Vic Wileman, of the Salvation Army, which runs a bank in Mosley Street, Burton, said 60 parcels had been distributed so far in October.
Customers can collect shoe boxes in store at any time.