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‘Super busy week’ sees Wokingham foodbank run low on essentials – can you help?

Wokingham foodbank
A collection for Wokingham's foodbank at Sainsbury's in Winnersh

WOKINGHAM’S Foodbank says it has had a “super busy week” and has low stock of a number of items as it meets the needs of residents who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity, which is based off Broad Street in Wokingham’s town centre, has published a list of items that it wants to replenish its stock of, to ensure it has enough to go into its emergency food parcels.

A tweet explained the reason for the need: “We have seen a 300% increase in the number of food parcels we are distributing across Wokingham Borough. Please carry on using our collection points in supermarkets so that we can carry on supporting people in need. Your donations are more important than ever.”

The shopping list is:

  • Long life Milk
  • Hot meals
  • Preserves
  • Rice Pudding
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Hot Dogs
  • Fruit juice
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Biscuits
  • Snacks/Noodles
  • Sugar
  • Crisps/nuts/savouries
  • Washing powder
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Adult toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Men and women’s deodorant
  • Shaving foam
  • Shower Gel

“We appreciate every single donation as these are vital for helping the less fortunate in our community,” the group adds.

Donations can be left at Wokingham borough branches of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Waitrose – if the donation point has been removed as a precaution against spreading the coronavirus, items can be left with customer service departments.

The Foodbank currently cannot receive donations directly, and collection points in churches are also shut, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Monetary donations should be made online using the “DONATE” link on the charity’s website, as although still welcome, cash and cheque are currently harder to bank.

The Foodbank uses a voucher referral system, if you are in need, contact Citizens Advice to be referred. 

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