Donations flood in after Maidenhead Foodshare burglary

Grace Witherden

Donations flood in after Maidenhead Foodshare burglary

Generous members of the community have stepped up to help Maidenhead Foodshare after it was hit by a burglary on Thursday night.

The break-in prompted an urgent appeal for donations after about £1,000-worth of food was stolen from the foodbank's base in New Market in King Street.

Since then, members of the public have come forward in their droves to donate items at supermarkets and collecting points.

Foodshare founder Susan Brett said: “People have been very generous, we’ve had people come with hundreds of pounds of food.

"Even people on benefits have been giving us £20-worth of food, saying they know there are people more worse off than them.

"Slough Foodbank are going to give us some of their surplus, which is incredible."

Thieves emptied the fridge and freezers and took a selection of non-perishable and perishable items.

Manager Debbie Gee said she believes the thieves were ‘selective’ with what was taken.

“They took all the meat and fish in freezers, tins of soup, and nappies. A lot of branded items were taken, – all that was left behind was beans and pasta,” she said.

“They had taken from towards the back of the shelves, which is why it looked like not much had been taken.

“It was enough for a family shop for a month.”

Although the food bank has been overwhelmed with donations, it is still in need of jam, toothpaste, coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned fruit, meat and fish.

Donations can be dropped off at the foodbank’s old premises in King Street.

The old site is being used as a Kindness Store, which will launch in a few weeks’ time.

A spokesman from Thames Valley Police confirmed it is investigating the burglary but did not want to provide any further information at this time.

He said: “Investigation is ongoing and we would ask anyone with information to contact us on 101.

“We would advise businesses to make sure their security alarms and CCTV are maintained and working, valuables are kept out of sight and secure, and to ensure site security before leaving.”

Teenagers from the National Citizen Service painted a mural inside the foodbank last month. The group fundraised for materials after becoming inspired by the foodbank.

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