Foodbank donations appeal

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Care homes in North Dorset are taking in foodbank donations after a surge in demand.

Colten Care has joined forces with Dorset foodbanks to help people in need. Donors can drop off food in collection boxes at all 12 of its Dorset homes, which include Newstone House in Sturminster Newton, Whitecliffe House in Blandford and Abbey View in Sherborne.

Mark Aitchison, Colten Care’s chief executive, said: “One consequence of covid-19 and lockdowns has been that many food banks have seen a drop in donations while need has increased. People can simply come with food items and put them in a collection box near our reception or front door. We will take the items to the local food bank.”

As well as providing collection boxes, Colten Care is donating food directly and inviting its regular suppliers to do the same. The first to come on board is the wholesaler Bidfood who are contributing a range of tinned and dry foods.

Jono Tregale, chairman of trustees of Sherborne Food Bank, said: “We are very grateful to Colten Care for their support. We have a continual need to source food. We’re currently working with around 25 families a week.”

To donate, all Colten Care’s Dorset homes are hosting collection boxes and are delighted to accept donations, so people can simply turn up and put items in the box.

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