Teries respond to food crisis

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Generous townsfolk have been handing in food parcels to the Hawick News office this week and Sainsbury’s have put on a donations trolly in their Commercial Road store.

The upsurge comes in the week after we published a story highlighting a chronic shortage of food parcels.

And welcoming the increase this week, Salvation Army food parcel organiser Evelyn Sangster said: “We have had a very generous response since last week. We really appreciate what the Hawick News has done to highlight the food shortages and also the donations trolly laid on by Sainsbury’s. There has been no let-up in demand this week and we have had a good number of donations both of food and cash. Hawick folk are always very generous and this is very welcome.”

The situation has urged Sainsbury’s to not only set up its own food bank, but the food giant has also pledged to donate fresh goods, such as potatoes and vegetables, to each parcel.

Karen Caven, store manager: “I was aware of the problem in the town and a few weeks ago had spoken to Mrs Sangster, but after I read the Hawick News story last week about another shortage of food parcels, decided we couldn’t wait.”

She added: “I’m a single parent and know how easy it is to get into a situation when you might need to decide between food or electricity, and I think it’s such a shame that we have local families going through that.”

Sainsbury’s launched its food bank in the store last Saturday and already Teries are proving their generosity – with donations even including locally sold fresh pate.

And Sainsbury’s efforts to help don’t stop there, with plans for members of staff to go along to the Salvation Army citadel to help make-up the parcels.

And Salvation Army Lieutenant Caroline Brophy-Parkin told the Hawick News she’s delighted at the response: “We have had a very good response to the story in last week’s paper. And what Sainsbury’s are doing is a fantastic gesture and is much appreciated.”