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Hundreds of shopping trolleys worth of food donated to those in need

PUBLISHED: 15:20 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:20 30 September 2016

Annie Wong with Peter Bingham of Erith Food Bank, which is part of Bexley Food Bank. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

Annie Wong with Peter Bingham of Erith Food Bank, which is part of Bexley Food Bank. Picture by: www.matthewwalkerphotography.com

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The donation came from shoppers and staff in Bexleyheath

Families in need across the borough were given a helping hand this week, after a food drive at a local supermarket.

Staff and shoppers at Sainsbury’s in the Broadway Shopping Centre donated 200 shopping trolleys worth of food and household goods to Bexley Food Bank.

Nearly 1,500 families have been helped since April, while the previous financial year helped more than 4,000 families.

Sainsbury’s worker and volunteer at the charity Annie Wong stressed the drive’s importance.

“The fact is anyone can face hard times at any point in their lives.

“You never know what is around the corner, which is why it is vital to have a facility, offering a lifeline to those in real need.

“Having a large family myself, I know it can be extremely hard for people to makes ends meet and to keep their food store cupboards well stocked in times of crisis.

“That is why all the staff here at our Broadway Shopping Centre branch of Sainsbury’s agreed that forging a partnership with the Bexleyheath Food Bank was so important.

“It provides invaluable help to those members of our community who are struggling or facing difficult times.”

The Bexley Food Bank operates throughout the area from five churches over six days a week, in Bexleyheath, Erith, Sidcup, and Southspring.

People in need can apply for a voucher which entitles them to a food allocation to feed themselves and their family for at least a week.

Bexley Food Bank operates from 4 churches, 6 days a week. They are: Avery Hill Christian Fellowship Church, Sidcup; New Community Church, Sidcup; Trinity Baptist Church, Bexleyheath; Queen St Baptist Church, Erith.

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