Worcester Foodbank has praised the generosity of the local community which has left its warehouse bursting at the seams.

The charity has received more than 30 tonnes of donations since the start of April after people rallied behind its efforts to support the growing number of households impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Two-thirds of the donated supplies have already been distributed with volunteers feeding just over 1,000 people in April alone.

Manager Grahame Lucas said the support had left the charity in a much stronger position to continue after lockdown.

Mr Lucas added: “Lockdown may have kept us apart but the community has stood together to tackle hunger and make sure those at the sharp end of this crisis get the lifeline they need.”

In many ways, this crisis has brought out the best in us but we know there is no room for complacency and for some people the hardship is only just beginning.

Manager Grahame Lucas

The surge in donations has been fuelled by a wave of street collections organised to coincide with the Clap for Carers on Thursday nights.

However, the support had left the charity struggling to find space to store new supplies until neighbouring Freedom Church stepped in to provide some temporary storage.

The food bank is now urging supporters to consider donating supermarket gift cards or money so it can buy the items it needs most when it runs short of them.

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