New foodbank unit will help families in crisis

From left: Kristine Koranteng, Mahin Ali, Jan Ray and Amy White at Specsavers in Bicester

From left: Kristine Koranteng, Mahin Ali, Jan Ray and Amy White at Specsavers in Bicester

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More than £240 raised by an opticians will help set up a market square foodbank unit to help more families in crisis.

Specsavers in Crown Walk Shopping Centre, Bicester, has been raising money for Bicester Foodbank since 2012 and its most recent collection has included a variety of non-perishable food for families in need.

Janet Ray, who set up the charity in 2006, thanked the opticians for its ongoing support.

She said: “The money and food donations will be used to help families in need and to help set up a permanent unit in Market Square, hopefully in the next month or so.”

Store director Sarah Marshall said: “Bicester Foodbank is a lifeline to many people in the town and we’re delighted to be able to support the great work that they do.

“Our customers’ enthusiasm has remained throughout our appeal and we’re so grateful for their generosity and continued support.”

Foodbanks help families in need by building a store of non-perishable, in-date food, donated by schools, churches, businesses and individuals.

Care professionals identify people in crisis and then issue them with a foodbank voucher for three days worth of emergency food.