Doncaster shoppers give a tonne of help

File photo dated 06/12/11 of a shopper carrying shopping bags on Oxford Street as the growth of online shopping could lead to the closure of one in five high street stores by 2018, according to a report released today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 28, 2013. A new study from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) says that over the next five years, the number of UK retail stores will drop from 281,930 to 220,000 if current trends continue. In addition, there could be some 316,000 job losses in the same period due to what the CRR describes as the "growing retail crisis". See PA story CONSUMER Shops. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
File photo dated 06/12/11 of a shopper carrying shopping bags on Oxford Street as the growth of online shopping could lead to the closure of one in five high street stores by 2018, according to a report released today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 28, 2013. A new study from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) says that over the next five years, the number of UK retail stores will drop from 281,930 to 220,000 if current trends continue. In addition, there could be some 316,000 job losses in the same period due to what the CRR describes as the "growing retail crisis". See PA story CONSUMER Shops. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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More than a tonne of food was donated to Doncaster foodbank over the weekend by generous shoppers.

The 1.33 tonnes of food was handed over to an army of volunteers at the Church View Tesco and will be used to help feed local people facing crisis.

Shirley Donnelly, of Doncaster foodbank, said: “I was amazed at how generous some people were, literally coming out of the supermarket with carrier bags full of food for the collection.

“It was lovely to see lots of children getting involved and walking up to us with a big smile on their face and packs of biscuits or sugar in their arms. They were really pleased to be giving, which is very encouraging.”

She added: “All the food given out by the foodbank has been donated by the public, which makes collections like Friday and Saturday’s so important. The foodbank wouldn’t be able to run without public generosity.”

The food is given to people in crisis put forward by front line care professionals such as Citizens’ Advice Bureau staff, health visitors, housing workers, social workers and probation officers.

The aim of the foodbank is to help people through short term crisis by providing three days of emergency food.

It also provides support to help combat longer term problems.