ANDOVER Foodbank will be collecting donations at Tesco Extra, River Way, Andover, until Sunday, December 3, as part of the Tesco Winter Food Collection.

An army of volunteers, school choirs and assorted helpers from the local community will ensure the foodbank can replenish its depleted shelves in advance of a busy and challenging period.

The foodbank has set the ambitious goal of collecting four tonnes of food and necessities to replenish the foodbank’s shelves and support local people in the New Year and through the rest of the winter months. 

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Chloe Roberts, head of Andover Foodbank, said: “It has been a busy year for the Andover Foodbank. The local community have continued to be generous but unfortunately, we have given out more food than we received.

"Our time at Tesco will be enjoyable, especially with carol singers and help from the schoolchildren across Andover but it is also critical that we rebuild stocks in our warehouse.  We’d be grateful for every and any donation at Tesco – all donations will help us to help local residents who cannot afford the essentials this winter."

The charity already works closely with Tesco Extra and praises its community spirit. 

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Chloe continued: “The Community Champion, Elaine, regularly volunteers in our warehouse and is our link to the store. This week she has been helping us distribute festive hampers to our partner agencies and she will be assisting in-store during the collection. We are very grateful to Tesco for allowing us the opportunity to engage with their customers who are always welcoming and mindful of our cause.”

Andover Foodbank has handed out hundreds of food hampers in recent days, providing people with treats for Christmas Day. In addition, the charity has continued providing emergency food boxes to those in need. 

The Andover Foodbank was started in March 2006 to provide emergency food for people in crisis in and around Andover. The charity operates from a warehouse and office in Alexandra Road.

The list of items to donate and further information on Andover Foodbank can be found at