THE town’s foodbank has praised the public for its kindness towards some of the poorest people in the area.

Slough Foodbank has revealed that the number of people it helped in 2017 rose by 17 per cent compared to 2016, with 3,697 receiving an emergency three-day food parcel - 1,277 of whom were children.

It said it could not have accommodated the increase without donations from residents.

In a statement the foodbank said: “From September onwards we have had steady stream of donations thanks to the community rallying for Harvest collections from schools and churches through to Christmas donations from lots of different organisations and individuals.

“We were especially pleased this year that a lot of the donations were tailored to items that we really needed. The donors had clearly looked at our website beforehand, or telephoned in advance of organising their collection, to find out what items we were short of."

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