Generous shoppers donated enough food and essential items to Downham’s food bank to fill 100 carrier bags and 40 crates during a collection at the town’s Tesco store last week.
Organisers have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and had to draft in more volunteers to sort through all the donated goods.
Food bank co-ordinator Jenny Filby said: “We had an absolutely amazing response. There is so much food we had to organise a working party to sort it out.”
The Downham food bank opened in September last year, initially once a week, but has already increased its opening hours to twice a week to meet demand.
It opens from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Tuesdays and 10.30am to 12.30pm on Fridays at Downham Market Christian Fellowship. People are referred to the service via social services, childrens centres, GPs and housing associations.
Mrs Filby said on January 31 they saw nine clients which is the most so far in one day.
She said: “Usually they are quite embarrassed. It must take a lot of courage to come in to us.”