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Firm's boost for foodbank

Published: 17 Aug 2012 09:300 comments

ABOUT 100 people who turn to Bracknell Foodbank for support will be helped this summer thanks to a generous donation from a pharmaceutical company.

Boehringer Ingelheim's Keith White and Tina Jackson, Pat Hallett, from Bracknell Foodbank, Esta Keywood, form Boehringer, and Foodbank's Geoff Hallett at the cheque presentation. PHOTO: 124859

Bracknell-based Boehringer Ingelheim presented the charity with £500, plus staff donated a further £60 and five crates of food - totalling about 200kg - after reading about the need for food in the News.

As we reported last month, the foodbank needs more donations to cope with increased demand when children from low-income families - who are eligible for free school dinners - are at home during the summer holidays. The company presented the donations on Monday.

Pat Hallett, who runs Bracknell Foodbank with husband Geoff, said: "This donation will make a huge difference as our stores get depleted at this time of year. We will be able to purchase items we don't have in the store at the moment - that will tide us over until the Harvest."

Duncan Cantor, Boehringer Ingelheim's director of communications, said: "As soon as we heard that the Bracknell Foodbank was running low on supplies, we wanted to help and I am absolutely delighted that everyone at Boehringer Ingelheim took this cause to their hearts and donated so many of the essential food items it needed."

The foodbank, part of a national network led by the Trussell Trust, helps about 200 people a month, who are usually referred by other agencies and given enough food to last them three days. It is open at Kerith Community Church, in Bracknell town centre, from noon-2pm on Mondays and noon-2.30pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

To find out more about making a donation and what food the charity requires, please visit www.kerith.co.uk or www.facebook.com/BracknellFoodbank

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