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Central England Co-op's food bank appeal receives support but says more help is needed

Central England Co-op, which has stores in West Norfolk, has received thousands of items donated to its food bank appeal in less than two weeks.

But food banks have pleaded with people to continue to donate vital items as supplies continue to remain low and demand continues to rise by the day.

Communities have donated over 30,000 items to the urgent food bank appeal set up to help those impacted by coronavirus.

Central England Co-op is supported by communities (32801411)
Central England Co-op is supported by communities (32801411)

The Co-op, which has over 240 stores across 16 counties, including those at Dersingham and Terrington St Clement, said on average, food banks are seeing a 50 per cent fall in donations coupled with a 100 per cent rise in requests for food parcels with new inquiries coming from people who are self isolating, self employed and families who have children that would normally be getting free school meals.

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op chief executive, said: “Our communities continue to do us proud and support this vital food bank appeal.

“Our food bank partners are working around the clock to react to a rise in demand and we can all support in our own little way by donating an item or two so they can carry on their great work during these uncertain times.”

Items needed for the food bank appeal include cereal, tinned food and fruit, tea bags, dried pasta, rice, long life milk, sugar, biscuits, fruit juice and squash, pasta sauce and instant coffee.

Donations will be collected up from Central England Co-op stores and used to create food parcels, which contain around 11 items and will provide at least three days’ worth of meals for those in need.

People can keep up to date with how Central England Co-op is responding to the Coronavirus by visiting www.centralengland.coop/updates

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