A church leader has praised residents and businesses who helped to double the amount of food hampers given out this year.
Pastor Andrew Stewart-Darling, who runs Stour Valley Vineyard Church, said this year’s target to help 200 people had been more than doubled thanks to the huge contribution by donors. He said: “It says a lot about our town.”
In addition, the church was able to make up extra food bags to give out thanks to donations by Waitrose shoppers and by businesses who came forward to help.
Mr Stewart-Darling said the reaction from people on the receiving end of the hampers had been overwhelming. “It is a very humbling experience,” he said. “People are so overjoyed by this kindness. They burst into tears on their doorsteps.”
His wife Emma added: “It’s been amazing. Some people came with whole trolley loads, others with a couple of tins, everyone contributing what they could and, all in all, supplying food for many hungry people.”
In total, 450 hampers were given out, each containing four meals, soup, beans, cereal, milk, tea or coffee, treats and toiletries.