Tablers’ Saturday street collection for town foodbank

A one-off roadside collection of food and hygiene products to be donated to the needy will take place in Alsager on Saturday.
Organised by Alsager and District Round Table, the move followed a plea for help from Alsager Foodbank, which is struggling to collect items and find volunteers.
The street collection will start at 10am and cover the whole of the town.
The collection team will be wearing Round Table branded hi-vis vests and observe social distancing rules at all times as they accompany specially branded vehicles around the town. They will gather donations and take them to the food bank so that they can be given to the needy.
To donate, people should leave items at the end of their drive or in another location that is visible from the pavement and easily accessible. Donations that include a larger number of items should be bagged to help the collectors. The food bank said it can also make use of the bags.
The food bank aims to hand out packages of food that have a good shelf life and can be used to make nutritious meals quickly and easily. Recommended items include dried pasta, jars of sauces, tinned vegetables, tinned meat-based products (such as chilli con carne or stewed steak), tinned fruit and tinned custard.
Useful examples of hygiene related products would be bars of soap, sanitary towels and shower gel.
Fresh, frozen or short dated food are not as helpful because of problems with storage and the collection team cannot accept cash donations on their rounds.
The restrictions put in place by the Government to control the coronavirus outbreak have hit the food bank’s operation in several ways, with a large number of volunteers unable to give their time after being placed into full lockdown because of their vulnerability to the virus.
Restrictions have also been placed on the volumes of food that could be purchased, along with stock shortages in shops and increased numbers of people finding themselves in need of help.
In addition to the planned collection, Alsager Round Table members have also voted recently to use some of the money in their charity account to carry out shopping trips specifically to help to stock the food bank, which has allowed the remaining team of food bank volunteers to focus on the core task of distributing food discretely to those who need it.
A club spokesman said: “We would like to thank the people of Alsager who have rallied around to offer us help and support, ranging from printing leaflets, offering the use of storage facilities, providing vehicles and of course, the residents of the town who have indicated an intention to donate items to this very, very worthy cause.”
• Membership of Alsager and District Round Table is open to men aged 18-45 and the club is looking for new members - further details can be obtained by contacting it through its social media pages or by texting the word “Join” plus your postcode to 60066.
Anyone in need of help and advice during the coronavirus crisis (including advice on how to access help from the food bank) can call Alsager Community Support Centre on 01270 876 605 or 01270 873 549.