A RECORD Thursday set Bognor Regis Foodbank on course for a bumper Christmas collection.
Some two-thirds of a ton of food was given to the good cause’s volunteers on the first day of their seasonal donation event at Tesco.
This beat last year’s half-ton haul and meant the Foodbank was on course to overtake the two tons handed in last year.
Foodbank director John Madell said halfway through the three days: “We are doing really well. Thursday was a very good day. I’m expecting us to reach two-and-a-half tons in all.
“The atmosphere seems to have changed. People appear far more positive towards the Foodbank than in the summer.”
The donations included tinned fruit and meat, biscuits and breakfast cereals. One shopper handed in two carrier bags of goods.
The donations will be handed out from the Foodbank in Argyle Road to clients who receive three days’ supply for a single person, a couple or a family.
About 200 are given monthly to those who are given vouchers by various social agencies.
“Demand has really picked up again now after a bit of a lull,” said Mr Madell. “We expect it to continue to be busy into the new year.”
One donor, Bognor resident Richard Wilde, 46, handed in two tins of rice pudding and a tin of meat.
He said: “There will always be people less fortunate than me. Doing this helps them out.
“I’ve donated groceries before to the Foodbank.”
The Foodbank was helped by Checkatrade. Its five-strong presence last Thursday and Friday included three members of staff of the Selsey-based firm.
Scouts from Bognor also spent five hours last Saturday helping out.
The Foodbank will benefit from an appearance by Father Christmas in his grotto at the Regis Centre from 11am-5pm tomorrow and 10am-4pm on Saturday.
Admission is £3.