Residents rally together to stock food bank for a year

The generous people of Alsager have helped to make sure the town's food bank has enough supplies to help those in need for up to a year.
That was the verdict from Alsager Round Table after its street collection on Saturday.
Following a leaflet drop appealing for the town to help its struggling food bank, thousands of bags full of donated goods, from tins of food to bathroom products, were left at the end of people’s driveways and on street corners on Saturday ready for collection.
The Round Table teams, using three trailers and a car, collected the bags between 10am and 3pm and took them to a secure location were they were kept for quarantine purposes until yesterday (Wednesday).
Tabler Nick Heath said on Monday: “We had an amazing response. Thousands of bags of foods were brought in to the collection zone. They were two or three deep, such was the amount donated. We were still making some collections at 5.30pm from some people who were unable to put the bags out earlier.
“I think it is brilliant. We thought there might be a lot of support but even so we were overwhelmed by how much people have donated. Some were clapping and cheering as we made the collections. It was really nice.”
Almost 30 volunteers helped during the day including members of the Round Table, the 41 Club, Alsager Ladies Circle and Alsager Scouts.
Tabler Heath added: A member of the 41 Club who was previously in the Round Table for years said on Saturday said it was one of his most proudest moments.
“The food bank has now got more products than it could have ever asked for. It's definitely solved the problem of having a stock shortage. It could last them up to a year.”
He said all plastic bags collected on Saturday will be recycled.
Tabler Heath added that a question volunteers were repeatedly asked during Saturday's collection was where in Alsager people can normally leave donations of products to the food bank.
The locations are Asda, Sainsbury's, and Spar. In normal circumstances they can also be taken to Alsager Community Support Centre and Alsager Community Coffee Shop and any of the churches in Alsager or Rode Heath, although these are closed during the lockdown.
The Round Table thanked Casters restaurant for providing facemasks, gloves and hand gel, which volunteers used throughout Saturday's collection. The club also thanked Tabler Paul Minger who supplied the vehicles.
Alsager and District Foodbank was asked to comment but had not responded by deadline yesterday (Wednesday).