Shoppers dig deep to donate to food bank
KINDHEARTED city shoppers have dug deep to help feed people in need.
Volunteers from Swansea Food Bank have been collecting tins and dried food from shoppers at Tesco stores at Fforestfach, Llansamlet and Pontarddulais.
Food bank co-ordinator Tony Quinn said: "Every time we do something like this the people of Swansea are fantastic.
"Around 18 tonnes have been donated over the past two years and all the food has stayed in Swansea.
"People are very supportive. Once they realise the food stays in Swansea people want to donate.
"One person came with half a trolley full."
The collection was all part of a national campaign by Tesco which has pledged to top all customer donations by 30 per cent.
Mr Quinn said Tesco's campaign was a big boost for them. "We are down to six weeks' stock so it is coming at the right time," he said.
Swansea West MP Geraint Davies was on hand at the Fforestfach store to help collect food donations.
Mr Davies said it was nice to see the shoppers respond in such a good way.
"People are very receptive," he said.
"Last month 2.2 tonnes of food was collected. It shows the level of need and the generosity and support.
"Piles of food have been donated. Times are tough.
"It is very important we all pull together.
"Sadly it is a symptom of the economic situation with rising prices and energy costs.
"It should not be happening. What we need are more jobs to stimulate economic growth.
"It is great to see people pulling together in difficult times."
Mr Davies added that he hopes more stores follow Tesco's scheme.
"It is good to see Tesco donating another 30 per cent of what is donated," he said.
"We hope its lead will be taken up by other retailers."
Research has revealed that around 10 per cent of people have suffered from some form of food poverty in the past 12 months, with seven per cent of people skipping meals.
Swansea Food Bank's centre at Red Cafe in Mumbles is open on Monday between 10am and 12pm.
The centre at Gorseinon Institute, Lime Street is open on Thursday from 10am to 12pm.