Crisis-hit Honiton food bank buoyed by surge in donations

PUBLISHED: 13:45 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:02 01 September 2017

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Teresa Hawkes revealed earlier last month that the organisation had been sweating on being able to provide for people in need after its shelves became increasingly emptier throughout summer.

The co-ordinator of Honiton’s crisis-hit food bank has thanked Herald readers for rallying and refilling its shelves.

Teresa Hawkes revealed earlier last month that the organisation had been sweating on being able to provide for people in need after its shelves became increasingly emptier throughout summer.

Speaking at the time, she said: “We are very low on stock and need replenishing.

“It has become a bit of a crisis because it would not take much to wipe us out.”

However, after launching her impassioned plea in the Herald, Teresa says the team has been ‘delighted’ at how Honiton’s community has reacted.

“We have had a tremendous response,” Teresa said.

“Right from the word go, our donation bins at Tesco and everywhere else were overflowing and we have had to do quite a few collections.”

Teresa said the shelves are looking ‘a lot healthier’, adding: “The public never fail to respond once they realise we are in trouble.

“We are really pleased.”

The food bank has also been boosted by a £100 donation from the Honiton branch of Ford Simey Solicitors, which opted to help after reading its appeal.

Teresa added: “Items which we particularly asked for, like meat which is important, is looking a lot healthier.

“These donations have given us a really good boost and they will bridge the gap between now and when we get our harvest donations.”

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