A SCHOOL in Andover dropped a large quantity of Christmas donations to Andover Food Bank on Friday.

Portway Junior School, on Upper Drove, Andover, collected an amazing 188kg of food to put towards the food bank's festive appeal.

In a tweet on Friday afternoon, the school wrote: "Today we took an amazing 188kg of Christmas donations to

@andoverfoodbank - the equivalent of two baby African elephants!

"Thank you SO much to everyone in the Portway community who donated. There will be some very happy families this Christmas! #ProudtobePortway #kindness"


The food back responded, saying: "Incredible! Thank you! Especially for sorting and weighing the donations before you came down."

In just three days, the school community collected hundreds of items, including selection boxes, festive chocolates, tea, coffee, tinned goods, jars of sauces and condiments, crisps, biscuits and crackers.

These will go towards the Andover Foodbank '12 Days to Christmas' Hampers, which it distributes annually to families to give them something extra special over the festive season.

The food bank said: "Every year the foodbank gives Christmas hampers to families and individuals who are struggling.

"These hampers make an enormous difference to the festive season, helping alleviate the many financial pressures and allowing people to celebrate the season rather than exist through it."

The food banks, based at St John the Baptist RC Church on Alexandra Road, is currently open Monday - Friday 09:30 - 12:30 and Saturdays 09:30 - 12:00 for people to exchange food bank vouchers or drop off donations.