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Plea for donations from struggling Isle of Wight foodbank

The IoW Foodbank hopes to feed enough families this Christmas Credit: PA

The Isle of Wight Foodbank says its supplies are running worryingly low, and are appealing for donations from the public.

With Christmas approaching, fears have been raised that families in crisis on the island may go hungry. According to the charity, there is currently eight tonnes of food in its warehouse, compared with the usual 12 to 14 tonnes.

The foodbank saw a significant increase in demand during the summer months from families who usually rely on free school meals.

The charity helped more than 1,500 children and adults between June and August this year, more than 200 people more than in the same period last year.